Sacred Heart Catholic Church

at 509 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33602 United States

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
509 N. Florida Avenue
Tampa , FL 33602
United States
Contact Phone
P: (813) 229-1595


Sacred Heart Catholic Church was constructed in 1905 in downtown Tampa, Florida and is one of the oldest churches in the city of Tampa. The church, located at 509 N. Florida Avenue, is predominantly a Romanesque structure, with other elements. The church is home to Sacred Heart Parish, part of the West Hillsborough Deanery of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Petersburg.The first Catholic parish on Florida's West Coast was established in 1860 and named St. Louis Parish in honor of Fr. Luis de Cancer, a Dominican missionary who was martyred on the shores of Tampa Bay in 1549. The initial wooden-frame building called St. Louis Church was erected on the site where Sacred Heart stands today. In 1888 the Jesuits took over the pastoral responsibilities of the parish, after a serious outbreak of yellow fever in Tampa took the lives of three diocesan priests. Using Tampa as their base, the Jesuits were given the responsibility of all of South Florida by Bishop Moore. In 1905, a new Church was constructed in Romanesque style and the parish was renamed Sacred Heart.As Tampa grew, so did the parish, and by 1897 it was decided that a new church was needed. Construction on the church began with a groundbreaking on February 16, 1898, with the laying of the cornerstone taking place on February 4, 1900. The dedication of Sacred Heart Church took place on January 15, 1905, and at that time the parish was renamed Sacred Heart Parish.

Reviews for Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Richard R.

Architecture is one of my favorite subjects of photography. I am not a person who likes overly ornate designs, but something about Sacred Heart Catholic... Read more

Cassandra S.

This is the most beautiful church in Tampa. It's very old, very large and the stained glass makes for an amazing experience at mass. The priests are very... Read more

Jonathan S.

Great church in the middle of the city, a refreshing change of architecture contrasting with the tall office buildings. The sanctuary was very inviting and... Read more

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