Inside Blessed Sacrament Church on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Hidden For 10 Years: See Inside Shuttered Blessed Sacrament Church

Thanks to Claudio Martinez of Hyde Square Task Force, the Jamaica Plain News has photos from an exclusive tour of the closed-to-the-public areas of the former Blessed Sacrament Church. While it's been a decade since anyone was baptized or married there, the churchstill dominates Hyde Square. On Saturday the community got a rare chance to see inside. Above is a gallery not only of the striking nave and cupola, all it it richly decorated. But you'll also see several of rooms and a chapel that are off-limits to the public.

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Mayor Marty Walsh, center, gazes at the interior of the former Blessed Sacrament Church on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Mayoral Visit Reopens Blessed Sacrament Church

Mayor Marty Walsh toured the long-shuttered Blessed Sacrament Church during his visit Jamaica Plain to celebrate the opening of small businesses in Hyde Square. The church has been closed for about a decade, so it was a rare opportunity for community members accompanying the mayor to see inside the basilica. Hyde Square Task Force recently closed on buying the old church. The space will become a community and arts space. Members of the youth development organization provided a live drum accompaniment to the mayoral tour.

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