The Basilica Cathedral of St. John The Baptist, St. John's

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Built between 1839 and 1855 in Lombard-Romanesque style, The Basilica Cathedral of St. John The Baptist dominates the skyline of the city and impresses visitors with its striking Altar of Sacrifice alongside one of the most valuable pieces of statuary--The Dead Christ. See the play of colors from the brightly stained glass and let your gaze slowly pass to the golden brown ceiling where the arms of the Latin cross meet. The church acts as a symbol for the Irish heritage in Canada, with many Irish contributing to the build of the religious structure. Don't forget to stop by the museum and take a guided tour of exhibits including religious and historic artifacts, furniture, and decorations spanning several periods. With our custom trip planner, St. John's attractions like The Basilica Cathedral of St. John The Baptist can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Across the street from The Rooms, there is a bit of parking right in front of the basilica. Unfortunately the basilica is closed on the weekends except for mass. Impressive exterior that towers over t...  more »
  • In 1834, when Bishop Michael Anthony Fleming revealed his plan to erect a large and imposing stone church as a Cathedral for Newfoundland, St. John's, was a small town of some 19,000 inhabitants, of w...  more »
  • We were taken here as part of our tour group. It is a beautiful cathedral to stop in and check out. NOT TO BE MISSED is the Convent area located within the same premises. It houses one of the two rare...  more »
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  • Impressive interior. steeped in history. Makes you wonder just how much effort went into it.
  • That is a beautiful and unique perimeter with the arches and the statues. The inside is equally impressive.
  • Beautiful structure with art from different parts of western Europe. The Easter Vigil and Midnight Mass ceremonies are memorable masses to see.
  • My favorite place in St. Johns! I don't go to church regularly, but when I'm here I wouldn't want to miss Sunday mass. It's quite an experience in this place! Thank you to all the wonderful people who keep this place alive. And a loving hello to the beautiful ladies in the gift shop! I will probably never forget you 😌
  • One of the larger cathedrals in the world with some wonderful history.

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To appreciate the history and colorful architecture of North America's oldest colonial city, there's no better place to stay than in the city center. This popular neighborhood displays the city's iconic, brightly painted Victorian houses, with a selection of guesthouses and inns clustered around Government House. Staying just west of the city center, near the Memorial University of Newfoundland, works as a pleasant alternative, with the expansive Pippy Park right at your doorstep.
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