Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Saint Louis

#1 of 119 in Historic Sites in Missouri
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is home to one of the largest mosaic installations in the Western Hemisphere. The mosaic took 76 years to complete and contains 41.5 million glass tesserae pieces. The breathtaking pieces in the main cathedral were designed by August Oetken, including the famous depiction of the life of King Louis IX of France, for whom the church and city are named. Pope John Paul II officially designated it a basilica in 1997, but believers, historians, and art lovers from around the world have visited this cathedral since it held its first mass in 1914. In addition to its astonishing mosaic collection, the cathedral is also known for its crypts, museum, stained glass, and sculptures. See Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and all Saint Louis has to offer by arranging your trip with our Saint Louis driving holiday planner.
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  • Beautiful, a bit more intimate than the Hagia Sophia, give or take a few 1,000 years... Well worth a visit  more »
  • Fascinating and absolutely beautiful! Nice small museum in the basement. This rivals any basilica I've seen in Europe.  more »
  • 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.
  • This church is so beautiful! It even has a little museum at the bottom floor and a gift shop on the first. It has multiple side-chapels and many confessionals too. Just a beautiful sight to see while in St. Louis, and see the mass! It’s great to be a Catholic!

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