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Cathedral of St John the Evangelist

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Address: 515 Cathedral St, Lafayette, LA 70501-6701
Phone Number: 337-232-1322
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This quasi-Romanesque brick cathedral in Lafayette is worth a look.

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Go to see the old oak tree

Beautiful cathedral but the real draw in is the 500 year old oak tree right outside. It's gated off because of its historical status but you can still see the massive trunk and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mary L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful cathedral but the real draw in is the 500 year old oak tree right outside. It's gated off because of its historical status but you can still see the massive trunk and all its beautiful branches.

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love to visit the tree at St. John which is well over a hundred years- it's beautiful. You used to be able to go up and touch it, but now it is fenced off- but still awe striking for me. The church has beautiful glass panels and flowers everywhere- very reverent. If you have not visited above graves this... More 

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Lafayette
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The most noted landmark in Lafayette. Meticulously beautiful in detail. I emphasize the 500 year-old oak along side has seen so much history. My mother's Ona first impression of Lafayette. She touched its trunk and leaves in memory.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in Lafayette, you have to see this beautiful cathedral. Worth the visit downtown! Beautiful little gift shop as well.

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Duson, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2016

this beautiful church has a number of mass times for any schedule there were greeters waiting at the doors to welcome us we found the history very interesting, there is a museum!

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place that has deep ties in my family. My great great uncle Bishop Jules Jeanmard (first Bishop of Lafayette) is buried inside the Cathedral. So much rich history and the organ is something everyone should hear at least once.

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Lafayette, LA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

Before I move to another parish I used to not only attend weekly Mass at St. Johns I was an Usher. The building is magnificently beautiful with travertine floors, a brick siding and wooden pews. It was constructed in the traditional cruciform style of Catholic churches everywhere. During High Mass at 11 AM on Sunday the choir sings. Whenever I... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

This is a classic cathedral. I'm a church viewer. I have both attended services in this cathedral and have enjoyed just sitting in it. My brother and his wife married here some 20 plus years ago. The grounds are amazing although you cannot get to the old oak anymore.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

We attended the 11 am Sunday Mass and felt very welcomed as a family. Check out the old historic trees in the garden.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

St John Cathedral offers two main draws for visitors: an historic church and a massive live oak tree: a side-by-side, totally free, two-for-one deal that is worth an hour of your time. Not worth driving hours to see, but if you’re headed to Lafayette for a different reason, or even just driving past Lafayette on I-10, I’d definitely recommend taking... More 

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