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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Charleston is serviced by dozens of local hotels and practically every major U.S. chain. Expect to pay top dollar for a room on the downtown peninsula, particularly if you wish to stay in one of the historic hotels. The upside of taking a room there is the proximity of all major attractions--you won't need a car to explore and enjoy your visit. Less expensive options are available in North Charleston, West Ashley, and Mount Pleasant, where you'll find all kinds of inns for the budget-conscious traveler.
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  • We stopped into this lovely church when we were walking all over Charleston. We wandered through the beautiful inside with its big stained glass windows, beautiful altar and statues as well. It is wor...  more »
  • Historic cathedral only finished in 2010. Gorgeous windows and super nice people. Nice Saturday evening Mass  more »
  • I love that it took 17 years to build this church. The history of it is well worth learning! Take a step inside and pay close attention to the details. INCREDIBLE  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A must visit in Charleston, beautiful church and beautiful architect
  • Breath taking inside and out. Love attending mass here.
  • 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.