No matter what your faith, a visit to the Cathedral Basilica is essential to appreciating the people and culture of St. Louis.
The population of St. Louis is predominantly Catholic and this cathedral, visited by Pope John Paul II in 1999, can be considered the spiritual center of the city.
For non-Catholics, the architecture and art is without equal in North America and easily competes with the splendor of many of Europe’s more famous cathedrals. With almost 42 million pieces of glass, the mosaic installations here are among the largest in the world. A museum in the lower level explains the complexity and detail of the mosaic work and the German company that eventually became Ravenna Mosaic Company, a respected St. Louis business for nearly 60 years.
Several Cardinals and Archbishops of the St. Louis Archdiocese are interred here.
There is no charge to tour the cathedral but a $2 donation is expected to tour the museum.
The Cathedral hosts a concert series from October – May each year.