Bishop Baraga L'Anse, Michigan

Bishop Baraga Shrine - L'Anse, Michigan


bishop baraga shrineStanding majestically amid the surrounding forest, the 35-foot brass figure of Bishop Baraga overlooks the Keewenaw Bay.  Erected in May, 1972, this religious historical monument commemorates the work of Bishop Frederick Baraga (1797-1868).

The ,Statue of Bishop Baraga on a Cloud holding a cross and a pair of snowshoes, floats on a cloud of stainless steel. The latter is supported by five huge, laminated parabolic wood beams, which rise from five concrete tepees, which represent the 5 major Indian missions founded by Bishop Baraga.  The tepees, about 9 feet high, and each located at a point of a star that forms an area 64 feet in diameter at the base of the shrine. the shrine rises six stories and the figure weighs about four tons.