The Little-Known Church Hiding In Missouri That Is An Absolute Work Of Art
For centuries, Catholic churches have been built and carefully designed with stunning detail. Whether you’re a person of faith or not, you can’t deny the beauty found inside the walls of these places of worship.
From flying buttresses to intricate art, the interior and exterior aesthetic of a church are nothing short of amazing. This particular church in St. Louis is something truly out of this world.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis was contructed in 1914 by St. Louis architect, George D. Barnett.
Barnett later added on a Sacristry in the north end following the completion of the main structure in 1914. A second Sacristy was later added by George John Magualo.
This basilica is so renowned that even the Pope visited.
In 1999, Pope John Paul II met with the Archdiocese of St. Louis when he visited the Cathedral Basilica.
So, what makes it a basilica?
Basilicas must be designated as such by the Pope. This church in St. Louis was given the honor in 1997 and as a basilica, it displays two special symbols, the tintinnabulum and the ombrellino.
Is it the Sistine Chapel of the Midwest? With amazing artwork, it sure seems like it.
The Cathedral Basilica is known throughout the world as having one of the most expansive mosaic collections in the western hemisphere. Yes, hemisphere, not state. So if you visit this basilica, you'll be visiting a place of global importance. To get the most out of your visit, head down to the lower level of the Cathedral Basilica to see the Mosaic Museum.
Every inch of the basilica radiates angelic beauty.
Look up at the ceilings or down the aisles into the pulpit, you won't find any imperfections in this amazing place.
Bring your camera, it's worth the visit.
The church has parish services, hosts weddings and is open to the public throughout the week. Don't be shy about bringing your camera, many tourists from throughout the world come to experience and capture the wonder of this beautiful basilica.
Have you been to this basilica in the Central West End of St. Louis before? What’d you think of it? Share your experience with us in the comments below.
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