Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Saint Louis

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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is home to one of the largest mosaic installations in the Western Hemisphere. The mosaic took 76 years to complete and contains 41.5 million glass tesserae pieces. The breathtaking pieces in the main cathedral were designed by August Oetken, including the famous depiction of the life of King Louis IX of France, for whom the church and city are named. Pope John Paul II officially designated it a basilica in 1997, but believers, historians, and art lovers from around the world have visited this cathedral since it held its first mass in 1914. In addition to its astonishing mosaic collection, the cathedral is also known for its crypts, museum, stained glass, and sculptures. See Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and all Saint Louis has to offer by arranging your trip with our Saint Louis driving holiday planner .
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  • It was so amazing I started crying. And I am not that type person! It was wonderful!! We went in the afternoon which really is the best time. I am not catholic but still loved it!  more »
  • We stopped by this Basilica while visiting St. Louis and were stunned by the craftsmanship. There is so much beauty, you don’t know where to look first. We parked for free in the street. There is no a...  more »
  • A true gem of art, architecture and religion in St Louis. It rivals some of the cathedrals we have visited in Europe. Don’t miss this marvel  more »
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  • Absolutely breathtaking. It is one of the most beautiful Churches in the United States. Built like an ancient castle and covered top to bottom in glass mosaics, this is truly a must see. It is a humbling experience and instantly allows you to feel God's presence. Even if you are not Catholic though, you should still go to appreciate the amazing architecture. There's an interesting museum downstairs that gives further detail on the construction of the church and the mosaics.
  • Beautiful mosaics. This cathedral basilica is open to the public at most times for tours, and they also offer guided tours! I have also been lucky enough to attend a few concerts in the cathedral, including Diane Bish, the organist, and The Ambassadors of Harmony (part of the Cathedral Concerts series) and the sound is wonderful!
  • A beautiful church for everyone to enjoy! They do guided tours and I would 100% recommend checking it out. Nothing like it!
  • Our bucket list includes visiting basilicas around the nation. This one was breathtaking. Very peaceful and serene once inside. Take time to stroll around their outdoor garden too!
  • I've seen a lot of European churches and this place is mind blowing. One of the largest collections of mosaics in the world! I have been blessed many times by my visits.
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