A breathtaking work of art and architecture, the St. Louis Cathedral is a religious wonder built to reflect the glory and majesty of God.
Built to replace the Old Cathedral, this stunning construction broke ground in 1907, though the first celebration of Mass did not occur until 1914. In 1926, the church was consecrated and was officially recognized as the seat of St. Louis Archdiocese of the Archbishop. In 1997, Pope John Paul II named the cathedral a basilica and is nationally notable for its incredible mosaics which flow through the nave, into the sanctuary, and around the domes. This is one of the largest mosaics in the Western Hemisphere, drawing in thousands of visitors every year of all faiths.
There are a number of daily Masses celebrated at the cathedral, to which everyone is invited to participate. However, if you choose to sit out, the cathedral asks groups to please wait for the completion of Mass to begin a tour. Guided tours are offered during the weekdays though you also have the option of self-guided tours. Knowledgeable guides will lead you on an extensive exploration of the cathedral, through history and art, even down to the burial crypts and onto the cathedral grounds where you'll see a beautiful sculpture promoting racial harmony.