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Old Cathedral

209 Walnut St, Saint Louis, MO 63102 (Downtown)
314 231 3250
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Ranked #74 of 144 attractions in Saint Louis
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
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Angels Camp, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This beautiful, historic building is currently undergoing extensive renovation. We were married there 53 years ago and it was beautiful then and I am sure it will soon be once again, probably by late summer.

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Bismarck
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113 reviews 113 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This beautiful old cathedral is being renovated, but it's worth walking past if you're in the area by the Arch.

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Grantsburg, Wisconsin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

When you first walk in, you might be disappointed, because this cathedral - the first one built west of the Mississippi - doesn't have the grandeur of the "look at me" Gothic cathedrals. That was intentional! It's was not meant to be an imitation of the European churches, but is an "America" style. So, the multitude of windows are not... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The Old Cathedral is a historic place that doesn’t take a lot of time see, and is easy to visit. It may be small in size compared to some other religious places, but it makes up for that with its history. The Old Cathedral was the first cathedral in the United States west of the Mississippi River, and the Pope... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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77 reviews 77 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

The old cathedral is located next to the arch grounds with the gateway arch. This church dates back to or near to the founding of St. Louis. It is the only surviving building that once was an entire neighborhood of residences and businesses that was torn down to create the arch grounds with the gateway arch. This church is small... More

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Round Lake, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is the first Christian Church west of the Mississipi River , the Cathedral is built in the style of the Great Catholic Churches of Rome it has much beauty in the design and style in which it was created . The peacful fealing of being in the structure itself is enough to enrichen ones faith in a supream being... More

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Indianapolis, IN
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93 reviews 93 reviews
44 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We visited as a family early (around 7:30am) on Saturday morning. We went to check out the arch and ended up walking through the cathedral. This cathedral was the first Catholic cathedral west of the Mississippi. It was built in the 1770s. We were able to tour with no one present, which was a cool experience. I was able to... More

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Webster Groves, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

I was in there about ten years ago. It's beautiful and very well-maintained. If you go downtown in the summer, you will always see wedding parties on the steps of the cathedral. Having the Arch as your backdrop doesn't hurt either.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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74 reviews 74 reviews
38 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Here in St. Louis we have two Cathedrals, the old which is downtown close to the waterfront. It is used mostly for weddings now and it is quite beautiful inside. Something worth seeing.

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Rochester, NY
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

When I had a moment to get away from the conference and walk down the street to the Old Cathedral, I found a starkly beautiful and spiritual place to take a breath and got some lovely pictures as well.

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