TESTThe Cathedral is widely considered to be a handsome example of the American Neo-gothic variant style. Gothic architecture is philosophically Christian; in its determined verticality, the Gothic structure pulls the eye to heaven and inspires the mind to lofty thoughts. The strong contrast of color in the native red brick and white limestone of the walls, and the polychromatic banding in the slate roof show the taste of the international gothic Revival of the 1870s. The exterior now measures 96 feet wide by 140 feet long, with twin octagonal spires rising to 183 feet. The main entrance has a central statue of Christ, outwardly flanked by a statue of St. Paul, considered the greatest missionary of the Christian faith.