Basilica of St. Lawrence

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The Basilica of St. Lawrence is said to be haunted by architect Rafael Guastavino, who was buried there in 1908, and his wife and daughter. A priest who died in the building is also thought to reside here in spirit. Witnesses report cold spots, apparitions, orbs and lights and doors that operate on their own.

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97 Haywood St
Asheville, NC 28801
United States

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35.597344, -82.55629599999997
Buncombe County, North Carolina
Nearest Towns:
Asheville, NC (0.3 mi.)
Woodfin, NC (2.9 mi.)
Biltmore Forest, NC (4.7 mi.)
Bent Creek, NC (6.8 mi.)
Weaverville, NC (6.9 mi.)
Royal Pines, NC (8.7 mi.)
Swannanoa, NC (8.8 mi.)
Avery Creek, NC (9.4 mi.)
Fairview, NC (10.7 mi.)
Fletcher, NC (11.9 mi.)


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  1. Two years ago I went on one of Joshua Warren’s Asheville Trolley ghost tours. The tour guide mentioned that the roses right outside of the Basilica of St. Lawrence church bloom year round.
    Even in the winter they bloom. I haven’t had a chance to see this for myself, so I’m relaying
    information I was told by the tour guide.

  2. Hi – I was in Asheville at the Basilica last November 2015. I was taking long exposure photos inside the santuary, and I caught a very distinct image, and one to two fainter images in the corners of the shot. See attached photo.

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