Important Community Value

“The average historic sacred place in an urban environment generates over $1.7 million in economic impact.”        

-Partners for Sacred Places


The Basilica has undergone an Economic “Halo Effect” study. The study is an in-depth analysis on the annual economic impact the Basilica has on the Milwaukee community.

The size and complexity of the economic impact of sacred places provides powerful new evidence that America’s sacred places have enormous community value that is increasingly at risk when these buildings decline and close.

“Congregations employ, on average, 5 full-time and 6 part-time staff, and purchase goods and services from a network of local small businesses and individual vendors, sustaining an important community economic ecosystem,” based on a study conducted by Partners for Sacred Places of 90 congregations in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Fort Worth.

Sacred places, such as the Basilica, are also a magnet for visitors, attracting 780 visits on average each week into its neighborhood or locale.




Top Tourist Destination

Every year, tens of thousands of people from every walk of life come from all over the world to visit the Basilica. It is currently ranked as a top visitor attraction on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. This ranking is based on reviews of real travelers to the Basilica. Read their jubilant reviews here:


The Basilica Visitors Center, located in the John Paul II Pavilion on the west side of the Basilica, is open daily. Public and private schools visit on a nearly weekly basis to focus on subjects like history, art, immigration, theology and architecture. Visit the Basilica today!


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