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Cathedral of St John

Lafayette, LA
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Lafayette
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cemeteries
Description: This quasi-Romanesque brick cathedral in Lafayette is worth a look.
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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154 reviews 154 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

From the unexpected styling of the building, to the ancient oak tree outside, this church was a pleasant surprise

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
66 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

As I Brit cycling across the southern states of America it is hard to find anything vaguely 'historic' St John's Cathedral, circa 1821, is one of the oldest buildings of its type. With the feel of a much older building, it wouldn't be out of place in a medieval European city! The high arches along the naive and transcept take... More

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West Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Beautiful tree and cemetery. Quick jaunt or schedule a visit and tour and you wont be disappointed. Lafayette has no better church.

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Brandon, Mississippi
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

If you get the chance, you should see the Cathedral of St. John in Lafayette. It is one of the most beautiful structures you can see in the southern United States. We arrived on a sunday just as mass was finishing and a couple of ladies took the time to tell us what to see and then left us to... More

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Edgerton
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is not just another beautiful building. The live oak on the property is one of the oldest known in existence. The gardens and landscaping are so beautifully done that they just pop and make the area a peaceful retreat as well as a lovely thing to look at. The cemetery around behind the cathedral and the surrounding buildings just... More

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Austin, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We took all six children to see this landmark built in 1821. The exterior is exquisitely designed and the interior is awe-inspiring. The saddest part is that the tabernacle was not in the center of the church on the alter so we had to look around for it.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is truly a beautiful church. It holds masses daily and once a month has a french rosary. The huge old oak tree that sits beside it is also a must see.

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16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It is beautiful here! My kids were awestruck with the St. John's Oak. Standing in the presence of this colossal tree makes you feel tiny! Inside the cathedral is gorgeous. My daughter actually took pictures of the interior for photography and placed 4th place place in our county livestock show.

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Round Rock, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is not really a tourist attraction but a beautiful working church. We did slip in and sit for a short time.

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Lafayette, LA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

If you are visiting Lafayette, a visit to the Cathedral of St. John is a must. Locally, we just call it the "Cathedral". The beauty and grace of this church combined with the lush grounds that it sits on, are a must-see visitor experience.

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