Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, 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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist by using our Charleston trip itinerary maker app .
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  • Very beautiful architect, well maintained, friendly staff even though they were cleaning up from the Christmas activities, and definitely a must see. The church has a full schedule of activities, but ...  more »
  • Going to church may not be as exciting and action packed as other activities, but if you're going to do it in Charleston, this is one to see. Attend a mass and get a feeling for the place; look around...  more »
  • While impressive, the Cathedral is not so large as to be cold and aloof. It is a welcoming space, made even more so by the wonderful stained glass. As others have noted, parking can be a problem, but ...  more »
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  • Really pretty church. Open most the day. If you are on this end of town stop in. It is worth a good look.
  • 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.
  • Beautiful building, and so wonderful that it is open to the community.
  • 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.
  • Absolutely stunning Cathedral.

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