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. Work out when and for how long to visit The Basilica Cathedral of St. John The Baptist and other St. John's attractions using our handy St. John's itinerary builder.
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  • Very impressive Basilica. The tour is very interesting. Take the time to see everything. Lots of free parking and it is right beside The Rooms.  more »
  • This is just the most awe inspiring place, a gem in so many ways! The beauty of the Basilica is awe inspiring and its history is amazing. The faith, the struggle, the free labour and the courage of a ...  more »
  • This church is built in the form of a cross - not as large as other basilicas but breathtaking nevertheless. The excesses of the Catholic church are definitely on display in this structure.  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.