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The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah

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Georgia's oldest Catholic church, The 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. To visit The Cathedral of St. 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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  • I'm sorry. This Cathedral is smaller than the one I grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts, but it is the most beautiful one I ever saw and I have been in Saint Peter's in Rome. SO MUCH detail and beauty...  more »
  • Such a beautiful cathedral! We even got a free tour from a member of the church! He was very knowledgeable and kind! I would definitely visit again! I took a million pictures of the inside and outside...  more »
  • St. John the Baptist is a thing of beauty. The pipe organ alone is reason to visit. Together with the incredible bas relief stations on the wall and beautiful stained glass windows, the entire cathedr...  more »
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  • When I am in Savannah visiting my scad student, we attend 10am mass at the Cathedral. I have loved mass along with the gorgeous architecture and rich colors and beautiful religious art. I can not help but mention the wonderful choir and beautiful music the choir director chooses. I can maybe only attend mass at St John Cathedral 4-5 times a year and it is a spectacular experience.
  • Beautiful church! Lots of great info from 15 min speech at the front of the church. Highly recommend visiting.
  • Wonderful paintings, arching ceilings, a beautiful cathedral. The choir at 10am Sunday mass was great.
  • Beautiful cathedral- make sure that you don't come during Mass times if you want to sightsee in the church.
  • God deserves the best man can offer, what a awe inspiring place to praise and honor our Creator. Go and give him your best.

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A city known for its bed and breakfast spots, Savannah has no shortage of accommodations for travelers. Whether you're backpacking through the South or looking for a luxurious getaway, this town boasts several hostels and unique inns with plenty of personality, as well as luxury hotels. If you've come to explore the city's history and architecture, stay in its famous historical center. For relaxing views, head to a bed and breakfast overlooking the riverbank or along Forsyth Park. Partiers and budget travelers can find more affordable accommodations throughout the city. Just remember to book well in advance if visiting for the massive St. Patty's Day celebration.
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