Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah

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Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • The architecture was amazing and beautiful! Totally worth the stop. The "fee" is a donation but even if required it would be worth the cost.  more »
  • It's a bit surprising how incredibly beautiful it is inside - from the outside it looks nice but the inside is gorgeous.  more »
  • It’s gorgeous, simply put. Absolutely beautiful. Bring cash for suggested donation for visiting and the souvenir/literature table. It is an active church so be aware there may be a service when you...  more »
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  • One of the most beautiful architectural sites to take in Savannah Georgia. The cathedral was built in 1873. From the stained glass to the pipe organs it is definitely worth taking a quick walk-through just appreciate the detail that went into the creation of this beautiful Monument. A small donation is appreciated.
  • Attended a wedding here. World class beauty and attention to detail. Felt bad that all the tourists were kept out during the rehearsal and ceremony. Great sermon and awesome organ/organist/singer and music selection. No pestering is for money at any time either. Highly recommend.
  • Absolutely stunning! One of the most beautiful places I've seen. It's right in the heart of downtown historic Savannah and free to the public. The interior has a holy water fountain, amazing glass windows throughout the interior, candles to light in remembrance, and a huge organ on the second floor. If you're thinking twice about stopping by...don't! You will not be disappointed!
  • This is a beautiful building - additionally, I happened to be touring when there was a teacher explaining some interesting facts and stories about the church, it's history, and it's renovations. I found it particularly interesting that the saints that line the center walk way are supposed to represent the communion of saints, all past believers, walk with current church attenders as they walk up to the alter to take communion. This can be a quick stop or a longer place to explore if you wish.
  • Quiet and incredibly pristine. Beautiful stained glass. 3 dollar donation requested to support but no feeling of pressure to do so. One of the big worth while stops in Savannah. Bonus that it has great air conditioning on a hot walking day downtown.

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