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The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Savannah

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 5,500+ reviews on the web
Georgia's oldest Catholic church, The Cathedral of Saint 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. To visit The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and get the most from your holiday in Savannah, create itinerary details personal to you using our Savannah holiday planner.
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  • Don't just walk by this beautiful church. Go inside, enjoy the beauty, say a prayer and marvel at the architecture. 
  • Taking a break from my tour in the garden of good and evil it was refreshing to view the spectacular chapel 
  • ...and I've been in a lot. Not Catholic, but my friend is. We attended Mass here; my friend was very pleased with the service. Both of us were in awe of the architecture and the art; both the murals a...  read more »
  • A stunning cathedral. It is a wonderful place for prayer. If religion is not one's approach, then it is worth visiting for the simple architectural aspect.
  • It is a breathtaking place to visit; AND you are always welcome to further understand the building and stay Mass, no matter your religious belief (or lack thereof). Don't worry about the water, dropping to one knee, crossing yourself, and kneeling and standing, just follow along. There are guides at the back to provide help in understanding the celebration if you are interested, and no hard sell at the exit. While there are no clothing restrictions as in some other countries, modest coverage is appreciated. Also as active Cathedral, the Cathedral may be closed briefly to tourists during Mass, Weddings, Funerals, or other special religious events.
  • The Carhedral has immaculate grounds and a serene interior. It is an easy place to pray.
  • When I met my husband over 50 years ago, one of the first places he took me was to the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Being of the baptist faith I felt like I had gone to Heaven without dying. It was beautiful then and became more beautiful after we were married there in 1959. We moved to my husband's home state of NY one year later. After 22 years we moved back to Savannah. We were reaquainted with Fr. Herbert Wellmeier, the priest that married us in 1959, he had returned to the Cathedral for his second assignment as Rector.. Soon after returning to Savannah I started working as secretary and bookkeeper at the Cathedral. A few years later my husband studied to become a permanent deacon. He was ordained at the Cathedral by Bishop Raymond Lessard. Two of our four grandchildren were baptised there. In 2001 I retired from the Cathedral after 17 years, we moved to my hometown, Glennville, GA. We are very active at a very small parish, St. Jude, where my husband is permanent deacon. We love our small church but I still have a special feeling when I read or some one speaks of The Cathedral of St. John The Baptist. I guess it will always feel like home to us. Deacon Lou & Mrs. Lou Andruzzi.
  • We visited this town from New Jersey for only two days. The first day we came, the church closed early. Today we called the church early on to make sure that they were open until 5 PM later to find that after 2 miles of walking in the rain to the church they actually decided to close an hour early. The best part is that we called them an hour before they told us they would close and we said we're on our way now are you still open and they said yes. Well they lied bc they closed an hour early again and we never had a chance to visit. Waste of vacation for us.
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