Visit Bloomington, Minnesota Historical Sites & Minnesota Historical Landmarks

The Twin Cities and Bloomington area is teeming with history! Visit the beautiful Cathedral of St. Paul, one of the most famous Minnesota historical landmarks. The Cathedral was built in the early 1900s and opened in 1915. It features exquisite decorative work, Italian-style mosaics, a 60-foot granite relief of Christ and the Apostles and six chapels. In March 2009, it was designated as a National Shrine of the Apostle Paul by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican.

You also can find the former home to famous writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, who penned “The Great Gatsby”. Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul and lived in several houses around the city, but it was in this brownstone where he wrote “The Great Gatsby”.

Another famous Minnesota historic site is Fort Snelling. Built in the 1820s, this fort helped keep the peace on the frontier in the years before settlement was allowed. Now reconstructed, you can visit the fort and see cannon firings, craft demonstrations and children’s activities.