Although the church is still operational, that hasn’t stopped the sightings of potential spirits lurking about the Basilica. Some locals say that the spirit of one of the Basilica’s earliest priests still wanders the halls and sometimes stands by the altar.
Others believe that Guastavino’s ghost is still present in the church. Indeed, the last church he designed may have held such personal significance for him that he not only wanted to be laid to rest there but remain forever present in spirit.
However, he doesn’t seem to be a sinister spirit. Those that claim to have seen his ghost say that he simply walks around the grounds still admiring one of his most fabulous creations.
The church and these legends inspired us as well, and we just had to add the Basilica of St. Lawrence to our Asheville ghost adventure.
Haunted Asheville, NC
Asheville may not be the largest city in North Carolina, but it sure is packed with things to do. Add more excitement to your time in town and participate in our Asheville ghost tour. Here, we’ll bring you to all the city’s most haunted landmarks, including the Basilica of St. Lawrence.
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Since 2013, US Ghost Adventures has offered entertaining, historic, and authentic ghost tours of America’s most haunted cities. We deliver fun yet honest accounts of hauntings across the nation for curious people of all ages. Our ghost stories are based on historical research, but that doesn’t mean they won’t send a chill down your spine.
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