Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Louis, Saint Louis

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  • Address: 4431 Lindell Blvd, St Louis, MO 63108, United States, Saint Louis
  • Timings: 07:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Cathedral
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About Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Louis, Saint Louis

Like a fairytale castle dedicated to the Christian son of God, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is both a stunning piece of craftsmanship as well as a tranquil, sober place of worship. Its green domes shine in the St. Louis sun and match the colour of the lush green trees growing around the church which softly frame the cathedral.

Plans for the cathedral began under the Archbishop Peter Richard Kenrick in the 1870s and 1880s, and a fund was created for the construction of the building by Archbishop John Joseph Kain. The initiative for construction only began after the elevation of Archbishop John J. Glennon. Built between 1907 and 1914, this is the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. The structure is 365 feet high, 204 feet wide and can hold up to 5000 visitors. The church is well known for its beautifully crafted mosaic patterns and walls that adorn its inner chambers and it enthralls worshippers and art lovers alike.

  • The highlight of this cathedral is its stunning mosaic installations, and is home to the largest collection of mosaic in the world. Imagine walking through its holy doors and watching sunlight stream into the room, bursting with glittering light. Glowing depictions of scenes from the bible and significant church events are illuminated, lending an ethereal glow to the environment.
  • If you make your way to the basement, you’ll find a little museum dedicated to the artifacts found inside the cathedral. You’ll also find a pretty little chapel, dedicated to the former leaders of the archdiocese. There’s also a crypt which serves as the final resting place for three cardinals and an archbishop.
  • Daniel Schlafly was a Catholic layman who was devoted to racial justice and peace, and his wife, in his honour, gifted a stunning sculpture to the church. Placed in the lawn outside, the statue features a winged angel with African American features, standing behind three children with Hispanic, Asian and European features, playing a song of peace on their instruments. 

Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Louis Information

  • Guided tours are available during weekdays between 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Please contact the tour office at 314-373-8241 for tour reservations.
  • Reservations are not needed for Sunday tours unless you are bringing in a large group.
  • The church requests that visitors who are not participating in Mass wait to visit the Cathedral Basilica until the completion of daily Mass.
  • It is recommended that visitors call and ensure the church is available, especially on the weekends, due to weddings, Archdiocesan events and other weekend activities.
  • Most of the Cathedral Basilica is handicap accessible, including the main nave of the church, two of the four side chapels, and the gift shop.

Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Louis Opening and Closing Hours

  • Daily Masses are celebrated.
  • Monday – Friday at 7:00 am, 8:00 am, and 12:05 pm.
  • Saturday at 8:00 a.m, with a vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday Masses are celebrated at 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m.

How To reach Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Louis by Public Transport

  • Get off at the ‘Central West End’ MetroLink stop and take a bus to the church.

Restaurants Near Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Louis

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  • Scottish Arms (European, Irish)
  • Brasserie by Niche (French)
  • Gringo (Mexican)

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  • Absolutely breathtaking. It is one of the most beautiful Churches in the United States. Built like an ancient castle and covered top to bottom in glass mosaics, this is truly a must see. It is a humbling experience and instantly allows you to feel God's presence. Even if you are not Catholic though, you should still go to appreciate the amazing architecture. There's an interesting museum downstairs that gives further detail on the construction of the church and the mosaics.

  • I've seen a lot of European churches and this place is mind blowing. One of the largest collections of mosaics in the world! I have been blessed many times by my visits.

  • This is a beautiful church. The decorations in the church are entirely out of mosaic tiles. No paint in thei church. The docent was very helpful giving information about the history, construction and showing us detailswe would have missed.

  • Just breath taking. It demands respect and instantly humbles you. Best thing we seen in St Louis by far. AMAZING

  • A must see if you are in STL. Has awesome mosaic collection. The small museum in the basement is worth visiting. Parking on street as well as adjoining lot works our great.

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