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Old Cathedral

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Unobtrusive cathedral

Hidden gem in St.Louis. We found the cathedral by coincidence on the way from Gateway Arch to... read more

Reviewed January 6, 2019
Brno, Czech Republic
A reminder of the rapid growth of the community and the region

Designed by the firm of Lavielle and Morton, the same architects of the Old Courthouse. It is... read more

Reviewed October 30, 2018
Gabriel H
Bellaire, Texas
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Reviewed January 6, 2019

Hidden gem in St.Louis. We found the cathedral by coincidence on the way from Gateway Arch to downtown. Still it's very nice, preserved historical building, unfortunately overshadowed by Arch.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank JaroslavNecas
Reviewed October 30, 2018

Designed by the firm of Lavielle and Morton, the same architects of the Old Courthouse. It is dedicated to St. Louis, King of France. The first church at this site was erected in 1764, on land donated by Auguste Chouteau, the founder of St. Louis....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gabriel H
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Recently attended a wedding at the Basilica St. Louis or better known as The Old Cathedral in downtown St. Louis. It is the oldest Catholic Church west of the Mississippi River and was originally constructed in the 1770s. From a log structure, changed to brick...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018

The old cathedral just south of the arch was made famous by the fact it was the first church west of the Mississippi River. The place was filled with beautiful sculptures and paintings. The cathedral has a more plain look compared to old European cathedrals,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Timothy W
Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

Also known as The Old Cathedral, the St Louis Basilica is a wonderful part of St. Louis as well as the Catholic church history. There is an ample parking lot In front of the church. The church is free to visitors whether attending mass or...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank lovetodine768
Reviewed September 19, 2018

Within walking distance to the Arch, so drop in to see the history running alive here. Come check out the painting dating back to the 16th century. Just a wonderful place. Check out the history about the early churches and how this one survived the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 62Vetteman
Reviewed September 17, 2018

A nice piece of St Louis history sits on our riverfront and Arch grounds. Filled with history this is a must for families.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Robert E
Reviewed September 15, 2018

this cathedral is absoliutely beautiful. this place also has so much history. if you are in the area, you should go in and take a look around.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Kaitlyn P
Reviewed August 25, 2018

Since major renovations were completed there has been an amazing transition of the interior. Very well done. The interior is small and very simplistic. The organ is balanced for the area and is a plus when played at the masses. Small museum in the basement....More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank TravelMan556
Reviewed August 20, 2018

When you are able to see and feel history, you know you have been blessed. Our daughter was hospitalized for 14 days in St Louis at SLU. I spent hours waiting for her to "wake up". When she was released and mobile again, we saw...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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June 22, 2018|
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Response from Allen21096 | Reviewed this property |
Obviously, there will be no problems with getting in at Mass times. We were there during the week and the Old Cathedral doors were open. There were no Masses going on and people were free to walk around and admire the Old... More
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Arch parking garage (1 Reply)
Any ideas on how to park free at the arch garage. I saw some information about free parking when buying a movie ticket but I can no longer find it. I am aware of early bird parking. The Old Cathedral has posted specific no parking for the arch signs.
August 07, 2014|
Response fromtaylorj|
From their website... Book your Arch, Movie, or Sightseeing Cruise tickets online and you'll receive free parking in the Gateway Arch Parking Garage on the day of your visit! **Discount will be automatically applied once you select and add activities to your shopping cart.