As one of Chicago's three basilicas, Our Lady of Sorrows has an important status in the Catholic Church--and is among the grandest churches in the whole city. Our Lady of Sorrows seats 1,200 people beneath a soaring, barrel-vaulted coffered ceiling that rises 80 feet from the marble floor. The nave is 65 feet wide and features more than 1,100 ornate gold-leaf panels. An English Baroque style steeple turns this Renaissance-Revival church into a local landmark. It once had a twin steeple that was destroyed by lightning.