Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Louis803 Votes Currently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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
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 Travel Tips
- 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 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
- Get off at the ‘Central West End’ MetroLink stop and take a bus to the church.
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59.57% of people who visit Saint Louis include Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Louis in their plan
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Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Louis Reviews & Ratings
A beautiful cathedral. The mosaics are magnificent. A little museum in the lower level, explains the process of making and installing mosaics as well as the difference in Byzantine and Roman mosaics. All but two chapels within the cathedral are Byzantine type mosaics. A unique Roman Catholic Cathedral. Staff was on hand to answer questions. Well written, descriptive visitor guides are available. Parking is available making it a nice sightseeing option in St. Louis.
A must see for all in St. Louis, no matter what your religious affiliation is. The mosaic tile artwork museum is renowned and deserves attention from all. The attention to detail, history, appreciation of the commitment of generations from yesterday and the future is overwhelming. The Blessed Sacrament chapel is holy, quiet, and divine. Highly recommend.
Very beautiful basilica. Truly a hidden gem. When you build something with a lot of faith and love, the result is always magical. This cathedral basilica is definitely magical. The interior and the mozaics in this cathedral is second to the one in Vatican. A must visit when you are visiting Saint Louis, Missouri.
This majestic structure is truly a site to see. To use the word Cathedral does not describe the beauty of the building, the religious painting and sculptures that are almost lifelike. The crucifix is such an amazing sight to behold, and will lead you to your knees in prayer.
Beautiful space to pray. The mosaic artwork is spectacular and breathtaking. Masses and Reconciliation offered every day at convenient time. There's even a small museum under the church that details the construction of the Cathedral Basilica. Fascinating history. I appreciate the extra details that go into the Mass to help us focus on worship.