Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis is home to one of the largest mosaic installations in the Western Hemisphere. The mosaic took 76 years to complete and contains 41.5 million glass tesserae pieces. The breathtaking pieces in the main cathedral were designed by August Oetken, including the famous depiction of the life of King Louis IX of France, for whom the church and city are named. Pope John Paul II officially designated it a basilica in 1997, but believers, historians, and art lovers from around the world have visited this cathedral since it held its first mass in 1914. In addition to its astonishing mosaic collection, the cathedral is also known for its crypts, museum, stained glass, and sculptures. See Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and all Saint Louis has to offer by arranging your trip with our Saint Louis driving holiday planner .
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis Reviews
Go to mass, just to experience the art. Then spend time looking more into the mosaics and art in the cathedral. The place is massive! I've gone to the cathedral many times and am still amused by the b... more »
The Pope visited here. This place is breathtaking. After you spend time looking around the first floor area make sure you visit the basement. more »
A beautiful historical active Basilica. You need to call ahead for tour times since it is an active facility and mass and other activities occur weekly. The tour guide was informative and well versed, polite and ready to answer any questions. There is no way to describe the beauty of the facility. You will be in awe I promise it is a must visit sight no matter your age.
Cathedral Basilica was quite a shock. The quality and craftsmanship were close to what you find in the European cathedrals, which was most unexpected. Stained glass and mosaics are really impressive. A pleasant surprise around every corner. Hard to imagine less than a 5 star visit.
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