Regardless of religious belief—or agnosticism—this is a humbling experience. Properly known as “Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France” it’s distinguished as the oldest continuously operating cathedral in the US. Originally constructed in 1718, the third incarnation was in 1789, and largely rebuilt in 1850. Little of the 1789 structure remains. The best view is from the Mississippi levee, south of Jackson Square, but the interior astounds.
Please respect worshipers and those who come here for prayers or respite. Old doors squeak and should be opened and closed quietly. And walk softly—The unfathomable vaulted ceiling height is designed to carry the sound of choirs and sermons, not heels clicking on marble floors. This is not a theme park attraction. There’s no admission fee but donations are appreciated. In the 700 block of Chartres Street (or 615 Pere Antoine Alley) north of Jackson Square, 504/525-9585, www.StLouisCathedral.org.
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