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Mary of the Seven Sorrows Catholic Church is the oldest standing house of worship in the Protestant Vatican of the South. Built in 1837, it was considered an architectural wonder because the structure did not require internal columns. Like other Nashville churches, it was a hospital for wounded soldiers on both sides during the war. One of the unique downtown Nashville churches, it was the seat of the Archdiocese of Nashville for over 70 years. Mary of the Seven Sorrows Catholic Church features intricate stained glass windows, Italian marble altars and rare paintings like Botticelli’s “Madonna of the Fruit.”