Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

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The oldest Roman Catholic church in Georgia.
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lovingretirementat55
Yorktown, VA111 contributions
May 2022
We attended noon Mass at this Cathedral. (During noon Mass it is closed to tourists who don't wish to attend Mass.) It is stunningly beautiful. The history of the cathedral is fascinating as are all the details about the beauty within. They ask for a $3 donation but we gave much more after spending some time there in order to help preserve this work of wonder. Catholic or not, it is well worth the visit. As a Catholic it was very meaningful to be here.
Written June 9, 2022
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,934 contributions
Jun 2021
I visited the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist several times in June 2021 during my visit to Savannah. The first time I spent almost an hour inside. The altar, organ, figures, stained glass, Bishop's chair and many other things were beautiful. I attended Sunday mass here conducted by the Bishop of Savannah. There are so many photo ops both inside and outside. I recommend going at 9 am when the doors are first opened for visitors and there are less people.
Written June 26, 2021
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GeorgiaTravelers51
Georgia262 contributions
Mar 2022
This cathedral is as beautiful as we have seen in major cities in Europe. There is no charge to visit but a donation of $3 per person is suggested but not required. It is closed at times during the day for services so check the website to plan your visit.
Written April 2, 2022
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Glenn
Nashville, TN146 contributions
May 2021
This is a must see Church when visiting Savannah.
So inspiring between the Stained Glass and Paintings, you can spend a few hours just taking in the beauty. There is a $3.00 donantion request. Parking is limited due to the heavy volume of visitors. Catholics and Non Catholics will truly enjoy this breathtaking church and it's history. Don't forget to bring your phone or camera.
Written May 28, 2021
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Meowy
Montgomery, AL504 contributions
Mar 2022
The interior of this cathedral is very reminiscent of the best you can find in Europe. Definitely one of the best in the US. The artwork is amazing. The price is really good and you can take as many pics as you want, and believe me there is a lot to take pictures of. Every little corner has a painting or statue. Take a slow stroll through the cathedral and soak it all in.
Written April 4, 2022
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Sphynxlovers
Dalton, GA100 contributions
Jun 2020
If you are visiting the 22 squares in Savannah, this is a stop you have to make. This church is absolutely breathtaking inside. So beautiful. They were observing Corona virus guidelines so the volunteer at the door wanted you to wear a mask and to use the provided hand sanitizer. They request a $3 donation per person to visit.
The church is still an active church with daily mass but before and after the mass services, tours are allowed. This is a great spot for pictures. The stained glass windows and stations of the cross are great picture opportunities.
I highly recommend a visit to this church.
Written June 28, 2020
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RICART75
Peru, IN1,700 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
We stopped in here with family members, while exploring Savanah on the Old Town Trolley Tour (which we'd highly recommend).
Regardless of one's spiritual leanings; experiencing this magnificent creation is a true aesthetic uplift. The craftmanship, detail and skill embodied in this structure is awe inspiring. One could spend hours just immersed in the patterns woven into the stained glass windows; let alone enjoying the rhythm of the Gothic architecture.
If on our next visit to Savanah, we would have only time for one stop; this would be it.
Written January 10, 2022
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thurbers
Shelbyville, TN104 contributions
Feb 2020
If you are in Savannah you must take the time to go into the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It is beautiful! They ask for a small donation of $3 as a suggestion, it isn't even mandatory. It is well worth your time and you won't be disappointed.
Written February 10, 2020
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Arun K
Austin, TX89 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
What an amazing place. The architecture is breathtaking and the importance of the place as a religious site makes it doubly fun. We lucked out that we got there five minutes before one of the guides started to explain the history and importance of the place.
Written February 27, 2022
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Marty Bielicki
Stuart, FL14,147 contributions
Aug 2021
This magnificent Catholic Cathedral can be found near Lafayette Square. It the 18th century Catholics were actually outlawed in Savannah fearing that they may side with the Spanish. After the Revolutionary War that feeling became mute. The Haiti Rebellion of 1799 brought many Catholics to Savannah.

The Cathedral reminds me of many churches we have seen in Europe. Grand in design and scope. The Neo-Gothic sanctuary has over eighty stained glass windows. The lofty ceiling is over 200 feet high. If you can spot them, there are 16 gargoyles in various spots. This Basilica reminds me of Notre-Dame in Paris in particular.

A donation of three dollars is recommended. It does take plenty of monies to operate a church of this size. If you have the time and interest, the Basilica of St. John the Baptist is well worth the time to see it.

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Written August 27, 2021
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