The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, also known as Saint Louis Cathedral, is truly a majestic display of Neo-Byzantine architecture as well as the history of Catholicism. The Cathedral was completed in 1914 and was designated as a basilica by Pope John Paul II on April 4, 1997. Inside the Cathedral, you will see the world’s largest mosaic installation, burial crypts, a large and historical organ made in 1915 and other marvelous outdoor sculptures.If you would like to be in a very solemn place and see splendid sculptures, mosaics and other things related to Catholicism, then you should definitely visit the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

The installation of the mosaic started in 1912 and was completed in 1988. From there you will see 41.5 million glass tesserae pieces in more than 7,000 bright and wonderful colors. It depicts the life of King Louis IX of France, significant archdiocesan events and scenes from the Old and New Testament. The entire mosaic covers 83,000 feet and is considered as the world’s largest mosaic installation. The Cathedral’s basement contains a museum featuring numerous artifacts and mosaics. The Cathedral’s crypt also serves as a burial ground for Cardinals John J. Glennon, Joseph Ritter and John Carberry as well as Archbishop John L. Maye. One of the prominent features of the Cathedral is The Angel of Harmony. It is a stainless steel sculpture by Wiktor Szostalo featuring a winged angel with African-American features. Behind the winged angel are three children with Hispanic, Asian and European features. The said sculpture symbolizes harmony, peace and racial justice. Another prominent feature in the Cathedral is the large organ built in 1915 by the Geo Kilgen and Son, Inc.

The Cathedral’s guided tour is scheduled every Mondays through Fridays from 10:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  The Cathedral’s guided tour includes 14 sections including Narthex, The Historic Bay & Dome, The South Gallery, The Domes, The Arches, Lunette, Transept, The All Souls Chapel, The Blessed Sacrament Chapel, The All Saints Chapel, Our Lady’s Chapel, The Baldacchino, The Rose Windows and The Statues. Tour Fees: Adult $2.00 Student $1.00 Archdiocesan schools have a special rate of $25 per class of 30 students. Call the Cathedral’s office at (314) 373-8242 for more information about the tour and mass schedules or you can visit them online. Visit this very solemn and majestic place with your family and create wonderful moments together.