1. Immaculate Conception Cathedral (1854)

1218 E. Jefferson Street
This brick Gothic Revival style church is one of Brownsville’s oldest structures. It was built by the French missionary oblate Fathers of Mary Immaculate. The priest architect Pierre Keralum designed this building and others in the Valley. The 250,000 bricks used for the church and rectory were made locally under the supervision of the Oblates. Of note are the blue sailcloth ceiling and the bronze chandeliers imported from France in the 19th century. A monument to the early Oblate “Cavalry of Christ” stands near the entrance.