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Guelph is home to one of the most magnificent Gothic churches in Canada. The construction of the Church of Our Lady Immaculate began in 1877 under the Irish-Canadian artist Joseph Connolly, who built many beautiful churches in Ontario in different styles. Constructed of local limestone in Gothic Revival style, the Church of Our Lady is considered to be Connolly's masterpiece. Matthew Bell, a well-known Guelph artisan, was responsible for some of the carvings on the exterior as well as on the interior pillars of the church. In fact, he died in 1883 as a result of injuries sustained in a fall while working on the building. In 1888, almost twelve years after construction commenced, the church was dedicated to Our Lady Immaculate by the Bishop of Hamilton. The twin towers, which rise to a height of over 200 feet, were not completed until 1926.
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