Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Charleston

#7 of 37 in Historic Sites in Charleston
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
A showcase of neo-Gothic architecture from the antebellum and Civil War periods, Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist also serves as the city's primary Catholic church. Originally constructed in 1854 and later destroyed, the church finally reopened in 1907 after undergoing a long period of restoration and recovery. Visit the building and admire its intricate brownstone construction, complete with stained-glass windows and a 51 m (167 ft) tall main spire. Wander inside and explore the vaulted interior, where you'll find decorative molding, ornate wood carvings, and a sizeable pipe organ. Be sure to check the church's online schedule if you're interested in attending a daily mass or other event. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist by using our Charleston trip itinerary maker app.
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  • Amazing architecture! Everywhere you look inside this church there is just one beautiful and amazing artifact after another. So grateful they allow people to experience the interior. Very moving...  more »
  • Went to the 5:30 PM Saturday vigil mass at the St. John the Baptist Cathedral. It is a beautiful church and mass. The congregation was very welcoming.  more »
  • The Cathedral is a magnificent church. The interior's stained glass windows,the stone floors and the beautiful pews and wood work mark this gem as a must see in Charleston. Upon entering the sense of peace is immediate and you may feel the presence of God. It is one of the most lovely churches in Charleston. Also visit the Diocese chapel on Orange Grove Road in West Ashley.
  • Went to mass several years ago. It was very beautiful service. The choir was awesome. The only thing is that we had to park a couple of blocks away and walk. We walked past yesterday but didn't have time to go inside. It's a very beautiful church.

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