Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Charleston

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A showcase of neo-Gothic architecture from the antebellum and Civil War periods, Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist also serves as the city's primary Catholic church. Originally constructed in 1854 and later destroyed, the church finally reopened in 1907 after undergoing a long period of restoration and recovery. Visit the building and admire its intricate brownstone construction, complete with stained-glass windows and a 51 m (167 ft) tall main spire. Wander inside and explore the vaulted interior, where you'll find decorative molding, ornate wood carvings, and a sizeable pipe organ. Be sure to check the church's online schedule if you're interested in attending a daily mass or other event. Using our online itinerary creator, Charleston attractions like Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • While i did not get a chance to take a guided tour, I did stop by to visit this lovely gothic -styled Catholic Cathedral in the heart of the City. Light, airy, and some of the most detailed stained gl...  more »
  • While traveling around town, friends said we had to stop in and see this. It's not like any regular local church. It is beautiful and peaceful. The Stations of the Cross were wonderfully done. 
  • The architecture and craftsmanship of this grand old church is just unbelievable. We were there for Christmas eve mass, the decoration and the music was just heavenly. 
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  • While I have only had the opportunity to attend mass twice at this Cathedral, it is perhaps one of the most heavenly/beautiful cathedrals I've been to. The tall ceilings, beautiful stained glass windows, and Gothic style is an experience I promise you'll never forget.
  • Aside from the church's beauty , the service was extremely disappointing . The priest's message was intimidating and dark . Not what church is supposed to be about .... very sad.
  • Community and building were nice; priest was difficult to understand at the 6pm Mass.
  • With beautiful architecture, a great priest, and a steeple that can be seen from all around town, it is hard to be St John the Baptist. It's wonderful to have a diocese where the effort shows in every church.
  • One of the most beautiful churches in Charleston!