Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
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About
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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  • patlv23
    Winnipeg, Canada962 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing mosaics
    A massive and impressive cathedral that combines both Eastern and Western European architectural styles. As impressive as the exterior is, the interior is on a whole other level. Just seeing pictures of the interior was enough for me to want to visit. I wasn't aware though that the designs and artwork on the walls/ceilings were mosaics and not paintings. That made it all the more impressive just thinking of all the effort it took to finish it. There are free tours that occur throughout the day and we were fortunate enough to catch one. This is recommended as you are able to go to a few places that are inaccesible if not on the tour. There is also a small museum in the basement.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 23, 2023
  • phanson3286
    Fayetteville, Georgia31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    The cathedral is jaw-dropping, so beautiful. We spent about 90 minutes here, and there is a small but fascinating museum to help with understanding the different mosaic styles and the process to create. Easy to find and good parking too.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Bulldawg55
    Coleridge, Nebraska128 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mosaic and great tour guide
    This church is simply amazing for the USA. Mosaics are off the charts amazing. What made the stop the best was the excellent tour guide. I fail to remember her name but she was one of the best and most knowledgeable tour guides I have ever met.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • margaretf4
    Orange Park, Florida192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    In town briefly, we took an Uber to 8am mass and found out we were there on the feast day of the patron saint: St. Louis! Truly beautiful mosaics and the organ is awesome too. Staying downtown, it was well worth the trip out to go.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
  • BigMerk
    Glasgow, United Kingdom2,523 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the highlights of our 4000 mile road trip
    We were passing thru St Louis and had mapped-out our stopping points (The Arch and a coffee stop) including the Basilica of St Louis in Walnut St near the Arch. Due to a boy of confusion we ended up at the Cathedral Basilica - and we were glad that we had made that mistake. There is plenty of free car parking at the rear. Outside it’s a massive and impressive building but it’s inside that it really shines. The main church and altar are stunning and there a number of side altars too. The stained glass windows were awesome and we really enjoyed a short visit here.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 7, 2023
  • jbbyers67
    Kingsport, Tennessee293 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mesmerizing basilica (one of two in St. Louis!) that is peaceful and welcoming to all.
    Outside is nice but inside is spectacular. The mosaics are breathtaking and then to realize the last ones were in stalled in the 1980’s! The detail throughout is amazing. The museum in the basement will take 15-30 minutes but highly recommend the visit!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 15, 2023
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,060 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Zillions of mosaic tiles!!
    Not exactly zillions of mosaic tiles, but some 41.5 million -- make the walls of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis come alive! Visitors can''t help but stand agog at the complexity of the mosaics adorning every wall and ceiling of the cathedral. The cathedral, built in Byzantine style over 100 years ago, rivals the great churches of Europe. The soaring domes and spectacular mosaics are truly amazing. Visitors should not miss the "mosaics museum" in the lower level, accessed near the main entrance.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 23, 2023
  • rickbrennanrn
    Trinity, Florida629 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful mosaics
    Incredible architecture that hits you as soon as you see the structure. The intricate design on such a scale is beautiful. Inside is no different. The tile work and the amount of hours it had to have taken is incredible. There is plenty to see and admire. Downstairs, there is a small museum that has some displays of some of the work that was done and some artifacts from some of their significant events.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 8, 2023
  • Theo V
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,553 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastische mis in een bijzonder derde omgeving
    We went to the ten o clock mass on Sunday. Great experience, wonderful mass. The cathedral is all set with mosaic stones. Obviously relatively new. Still impressive and quite beautiful. Yes, a must. Even if you are not religious. Outside a nice sculpture about harmony and the neighbourhood is nice too
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 5, 2024
  • 2Bees_10
    Kansas City, Missouri233 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular Cathedral
    The Cathedral is a few blocks from where we are staying and discovered on my walk today. It is one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen…in the USA as well as Germany or France. Photographs do not do it justice. Definitely worth visiting when in the area.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 6, 2024
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Fell0w_Traveller49
Sydney, Australia152 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
There is a vivid contrast between the exterior and interior of the Basilica. The outside is forbidding and nothing special, but the inside will blow you away. Designed in the Byzantine tradition, it is way outside our traditional views of US churches. The 40+ million mosaics are sensational, and we've seen the mosaics in Ravenna (which are 2,000 years older to be sure). If you visit St Louis, don't miss this.
Written January 12, 2020
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Sam D
Wauseon, OH271 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We stopped at the basilica as part of our post-river cruise tour of St. Louis from the American Duchess riverboat. This was an amazing church, and one of the most beautiful churches we have ever seen in the US. We are not Catholic, but this church will impress anyone of any faith. If you have time, go downstairs to the gift shop/museum and look at the pictures of how this church/mosaics were built. Very impressive.
Written July 16, 2021
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564BobM564
Saint Louis, MO256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Although we attended the Basilica to hear a concert the real star attraction in the Cathedral itself. We rank it's sheer beauty as greater than some of the famous churches we've visited in Europe, on a par with Paris' Notre Dame.

One word of caution for those who might attend Mass. The pews are uncomfortable almost beyond imagination.
Written February 22, 2020
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Kelly N
Indianapolis, IN185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This Basilica is absolutely beautiful. Every wall space and ceiling is covered with a mosaic. I traveled with my daughters, ages 13 and 10, and they really enjoyed walking through every section of the building. Be sure to stop first in the basement to see how the mosaics were designed and installed. You will also see the chair that was made for and that the Pope used.
Written April 28, 2021
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jbbyers67
Kingsport, TN293 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Outside is nice but inside is spectacular. The mosaics are breathtaking and then to realize the last ones were in stalled in the 1980’s!

The detail throughout is amazing. The museum in the basement will take 15-30 minutes but highly recommend the visit!
Written October 15, 2023
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MemoryMaker5
Ohio1,181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I had read great reviews about this church, so I put it on top of our list. I wanted get here after arriving in the city before they closed. I am so thankful we visited. It was just draw dropping. The peacefulness and atmosphere. Everyone was able to keep a reverence while giving themselves a self tour of sorts. There was so much beautiful architecture and mosaics, and detailed design. Just gorgeous. You're allowed to just go inside. Don't miss this. They has small donation boxes in teh back of the sanctuary. One to help support the church. One to help the Poor.
Written July 7, 2021
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marmar147
Milwaukee, WI49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
I’ve seen many cathedrals from London, to Spain, to New York City, and I have to say that this one rates very high on the list. The mosaic work throughout the building is awe-inspiring and super unique. It’s free to visit and you can easily find street parking, so it’s a no-brainer to stop by.
Written March 27, 2022
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Disneybus
Pittsgrove, NJ903 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
The cathedral’s mosaics are unbelievable, as each section has a theme. We walked through the cathedral in awe appreciating the work and craftsmanship that took over seventy years to complete. It's desirable to call for a tour, as we learned so much from our wonderful docent. We learned about the symbolism of the mosaic groupings and the cathedral's history. The sanctuary and the four surrounding chapels are quite impressive. Pope John Paul II visited the Cathedral in 1999 and prayed in the Blessed Virgin’s Chapel, where a plaque signifies his visit. A museum is located downstairs where you can view the throne used by Pope John Paul II and the crypt where four prominent cardinals are interred. The gift shop was closed on our visit but we ordered a superb book on their web site - The Great St. Louis Cathedral. The book has wonderful color pictures and descriptions of the mosaics and Basilica.
Written January 21, 2022
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ldededec
Oak Island, NC65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
This is a must-see if you make it to Saint Louis. The mosaics inside this cathedral rival some of the churches I have seen in Italy. 41.5 million pieces of glass were used to create the incredible beauty inside this cathedral. The floors are marble, with gorgeous arches and hallways.
Beauty among serenity and quiet. Absolutely gorgeou!
Written March 14, 2021
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Johnny S
Saint Louis, MO81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
Must see if visiting STL, Mo.
The art work, peacefulness, and sacred feelings are immeasurable. If possible call ahead to find out if you can have a tour guide which will explain all the history. Great story to know.
Written June 29, 2021
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