Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Charleston

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#7 of 25 in Historic Sites in Charleston
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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  • August 14, 2017
    There are alot of churches to visit in historic charleston. This was probably my favorite church. Pretty inside, and Really nice architecture outside.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    I am not Catholic, but appreciate the doors being open when I want to go into worship. Visitors come in while I am praying and they are very respectful.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Wonderful stained glass; I enjoyed wandering to look at each window. Very beautiful and peaceful (and cool!). Worth a visit.  more »
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  • May 2, 2017
    With beautiful architecture, a great priest, and a steeple that can be seen from all around town, it is hard to beat St John the Baptist. It's wonderful to have a diocese where the effort shows in every church.
  • November 14, 2016
    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.
  • June 17, 2017
    A must visit in Charleston, beautiful church and beautiful architect
  • December 9, 2016
    Breath taking inside and out. Love attending mass here.
  • November 6, 2016
    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.

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