Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Charleston

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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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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  • The Church is Beautiful inside..and out...worth the time to walk over and go inside for a moment of rest and reflection. 
    The Church is Beautiful inside..and out...worth the time to walk over and go inside for a moment of rest and reflection.  more »
  • I visited many beautiful churches in Charleston but this was my favorite. It’s magnificent both inside and out. 
    I visited many beautiful churches in Charleston but this was my favorite. It’s magnificent both inside and out.  more »
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  • I am always thankful when a church doors will be unlocked. There's nothing more cleansing for the soul than to pop in and say a little prayer while on vacation while admiring the architecture. This one did not disappoint! Be sure to drop in, remember to take your hat off! Light a candle when you're done. You'll feel all the better for it.
  • This is such a breathtaking and beautiful church. It is open to the public all day and provides a place for calm meditation and prayer. I love going here even outside of services to center myself and offer prayers for family, friends and countries in need.

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