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St John's Cathedral, Cleveland

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The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist is a historic Roman Catholic church building located at 1007 Superior Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. Completed and consecrated in 1852, it is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. Numerous renovations have changed some aspects of the cathedral, but it remains essentially the same since its construction.
Large numbers of Catholics started to arrive in the Western Reserve region of Ohio in the 1830s and were served by visiting priests sent north by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. A small group of Irish settlers established St. Mary's of the Flats in 1826. The congregation met in several locations before beginning construction on its own sanctuary in 1837. When Pope Pius IX established the Diocese of Cleveland in 1847, he named Louis Amadeus Rappe as its first bishop.
Bishop Rappe established St. John's Cathedral on Superior Street and Erie Street (today's East 9th Street) on land purchased in 1845 by St. Mary's pastor Rev. Peter McLaughlin. He selected architect Patrick Keely, who designed the building in an ornamental gothic style and the Bishop laid the cornerstone October 22, 1848. Until the new building was completed in 1852, St. Mary's served as cathedral for the diocese. At the time of its completion, the new cathedral was the well beyond Cleveland's Public Square.
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  • My 2 friends and I went to Mass here after our day at the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, and it is SO beautiful! Well worth the visit, it is so pretty and serene inside, it was about a 7 minute walk... 
    My 2 friends and I went to Mass here after our day at the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, and it is SO beautiful! Well worth the visit, it is so pretty and serene inside, it was about a 7 minute walk...  more »
  • The name of the Cathedral is St. John the Evangelist. 3 masses on Sunday 8, 1030 and 1215pm. Sunday vigil at 430pm. Walking distance from the convention center. The church was undergoing repairs but.....  more
    The name of the Cathedral is St. John the Evangelist. 3 masses on Sunday 8, 1030 and 1215pm. Sunday vigil at 430pm. Walking distance from the convention center. The church was undergoing repairs but.....  more »
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  • This is a beautiful old school huge church in downtown Cleveland. Amazing place for a wedding, even a big one. Really worth a trip in for a prayer or just some peaceful time. I imagine the full Sunday service would be special. VictorB
  • The beauty of this Cathedral is rather intricate! From the stained glass windows, to the detailed ceiling, to the reliquary, it's always a lovely experience. I come down here frequently for mass during my lunch break, and the priests do a great job keeping everything lively and sacred. It's also great that they have confession everyday from 11:30 to 12:30!

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