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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

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Address: 4431 Lindell Blvd, at Newstead Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108
Phone Number: +1 314-373-8242
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The Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, the superstructure of...

The Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, the superstructure of the Cathedral was built between 1907 and 1914. The Cathedral's 100th Anniversary is being celebrated in 2014.

It is known for its' beautiful interior mosaics, which took nearly 80 years to create using more than 41 million pieces of glass tesserae. The Cathedral is known for having one of the largest mosaic collections in the Western Hemisphere.

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Amazing to view & enjoy

Make sure you take a tour (or follow one)... there is lots of history here, as well as special architecture.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Make sure you take a tour (or follow one)... there is lots of history here, as well as special architecture.

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st louis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is one of the world's largest collections of mosaics! It is a magnificent, majestic place. Take a guided tour if you can.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Whether you are Catholic or not, this is a tour that should not be missed. The building is magnificent and took over 50 years to complete the interior mosaics. In addition there is an organization , Cathedral Concerts that bring fantastic music to this location - Great Music in a Great Space. You can find additional information on the Cathedral... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It’s not really like the cathedrals and basilicas of Europe; it’s very obviously newer (begun in 1907), rawer, less lived in, a synchrenistic mix of Romanesque, Byzantine and Gothic elements, but the sheer scale, gold splattered everywhere make it unique in the Midwest, probably in all the U.S. Supposedly, this is the largest single use of mosaics in the entire... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Incredibly beautiful mosaics done by immigrant artisans. Magnificent domed architecture. Largest Catholic church in city of St. Louis.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Arrange for a group tour to get the full history. I'm not catholic, but appreciated the beauty, splendor, and community giving relayed by our host. I learned lots about St. Louis history.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The St Louis Basilica is like many other cathedrals - size that is awe-inspiring, the traditional shape of the building, and several side altars. What makes it such a must-see in St Louis is the mosaic art EVERYWHERE. Most of the background colors are shining gold. The mosaics depict all the stories and symbols of Christianity. There are a few... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love architecture and mosaic tile art this is the place for you!! Take a guided tour with an expert you will be inspired. Do not miss the mosaic title displays downstairs. Also great has a great gift store. If you are Catholic you will love the history, the history of the Cardinals and Papal visit. Do not miss!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Extaordinarily beautiful and unexpected. Don't miss this stop. A chance to slow down and breathe in beauty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Any serious art / architecture aficionado has to experience this magnificent structure. This is the jewel of St. Louis! I would say this is the ecclesiastical jewel of the US. The second largest Byzantine Cathedral in the world, this world class edifice boasts the largest collection of mosaics in the world. I am not particularly religious, nor am I catholic,... More 

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