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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah

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Georgia's oldest Catholic church, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist sits in the downtown district of Savannah, an area steeped in rich history and culture. Completed in 1876, this Gothic-style building features two twin spires, making it an easily recognizable landmark on the city's skyline. Walk inside to see the famous stained glass windows made by renowned Tyrolean glassmakers of Austria, which were installed in 1904. Bring your camera to snap a few photos of the wall murals, painted by local artist Christopher Murphy and a team of assistants. For updated information about daily services, check the mass schedule on the cathedral's website. Plan your Cathedral of St. John the Baptist visit and explore what else you can see and do in Savannah using our Savannah trip maker app.
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  • People spoke of it as it is out of ordinary. It is not. Regular cathedral with stained glasses. Average. 
    People spoke of it as it is out of ordinary. It is not. Regular cathedral with stained glasses. Average.  more »
  • This is a beautiful cathedral in the heart of the historic district. It is well worth the visit - especially for the cost of a donation. 
    This is a beautiful cathedral in the heart of the historic district. It is well worth the visit - especially for the cost of a donation.  more »
  • Worth a stop to go inside and see this beautiful structure. Stayed for the talk which was very informative. 
    Worth a stop to go inside and see this beautiful structure. Stayed for the talk which was very informative.  more »
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  • In the heart of Savannah's historic neighborhood, a really well historic church. Some of the stained glass windows are quite lovely. Beautifully constructed church. The church is well-maintained and has a large seating capacity. In Savannah, there is a spot you should go. This church is both cold and peaceful, making it ideal for prayer. It's free to walk in with a suggested donation of $3. The photographs do not do it justice, and the rush of emotion I felt as I went in was unrivaled.
  • Beautiful place. Hard to imagine the hours of work in all of the intricate details throughout. Soaring ceilings, beautiful stained glass and extremely detailed carvings throughout. If there is a red sign out front that says worship in process - not the time to go. Usually between 12:30 - 4:30 on weekdays is ideal to visit.
  • What a beautiful church. Free to go about and they do offer tours. So much detail in so many things. There is a lot to appreciate. Especially if you appreciate architecture. Also as a Christian there are so many beautiful scenes in the sculptures, stain glass, and murals.
  • We attended Mass this morning in this beautiful church. The architecture is amazing, the pipe organ was impressive, and of course, the message was spot on! Our experience was exquisite from the time we entered the sanctuary, to the time we left. The alter was magnificent and framed elegant murals. The stained glass windows were beautiful, and we were taken with the stations of the cross. Each one telling the story in lovely detail. The acoustics are phenomenal for this size building, and as you exit, you see an awe inspiring pipe organ. We will be back for Mass every time we are in Savannah!!
  • Historical cathedral with a beautiful stained glass windows and expansive alter. It’s a suggested $3 donation to go in. They offered a free tour where the presenter explained the cathedral’s history and pointed out some interesting features. It took about 20 minutes overall and was very informative. It is an active church so do be mindful about people praying. I would recommend coming here for a first-timer to Savannah and spending half an hour!

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