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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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Edgerton
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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 reviews 16 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Gloucester, Virginia, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

The outside of the cathedral is beautiful. It was closed when we were there but the HUGE live old is just something else. We also wandered in the cemetry for a wile until it started raining. The tree is a must see.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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96 reviews 96 reviews
30 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

The Cathedral is wonderful. The 500-year old Live Grand Oak Tree standing next to it is totally amazing. There is also a gift shop in another building behind the Cathedral where you can purchase medals and holy cards of virtually any saint. So glad we stopped here.

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Sherwood, Arkansas
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We didn't make it inside as mass was in progress, but the exterior is gorgeous. We did walk through the cemetery which is a lovely walk through time. Worth the stop

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is easier to see than we expected since it is downtown at St John's Cathedral. There is no parking problem at the church and there are signs by the tree to list it's age, size, etc. It is a "don't miss!"

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