Cathedral Basilica Of Saint LouisCurrently Closed
- Address: 4431 Lindell Blvd, St Louis, MO 63108, United States, Saint Louis
- Timings: 07:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Family And Kids, Cathedral
Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Louis - Review
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 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
- Sub Zero Vodka Bar (American, Burgers)
- Scottish Arms (European, Irish)
- Brasserie by Niche (French)
- Gringo (Mexican)
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Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Louis, Saint Louis Reviews
Beautiful I am so glad I got to see this cathedral. It is a site to be admired even before you walk in. Beautiful architecture. It is free to walk in and see but the mosiac museum downstairs costs two dollars per person. It is worth it. This is probably not a good place to take small children or tired children. It is a church and people are there worshiping. Be respectful. Next time I go I set more time to tour the cathedral. We spent only about 45 minutes I could have easily spent another hour reading about its history and admiring the scenes. Parking on road and at rear.
A stunning St. Louis landmark. The mosaic tile work is breathtaking. I recommend attending a mass for the full experience. They also offer tours. Easy street parking nearby.
No photos can possibly ever describe how impactful and amazing the interior of this basilica truly is! Whether you're catholic, or not, or regardless of your religious preference, or lack thereof, this place is worth visiting! You can check the mass and other events schedule on the website for the basilica so you can plan your visit around this being an active church. You can also look on the website to see if there are any concerts going on that you might be interested in. Also, despite requesting a $2 cash donation, the museum telling the history and construction of the basilica and mosaics that's located on site in the basement is very much worth going through. Again, photos cannot do this amazing work of art justice! The mosaics, and the work that they took to design, create, and install is amazing by itself. The fact that the mosaics are covering over 80,000 sqft of the Basilica, and all of them, everywhere, are absolutely stunning, is truly a site to behold.
It is one of the most beautiful churches I’ve been to in a while. It’s pretty big. I visited it during normal hours and found it to be very calm and peaceful. To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised at the beauty of the church given that not many people in St. Louis talk about it (other than travel websites and stuff). Loved my visit.
The outside is stunning but go inside! The art will give you shivers. Parking is in the back. Free to visit. Check their calendar to make sure there isn't mass happening when you plan your visit.