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Interior Cathedral Basilica
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Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
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A Cathedral in Missouri
When my good friend moved to St. Louis a few years ago, she lived in the Central West End. It’s a great part of the city, with many antique shops, boutiques, restaurants, and old homes. Often, I drove past the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, wondering what the cathedral looked like inside, and I knew Missouri Life had covered the cathedral in past issues.
I love old churches and cathedrals. The Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur in Paris, France, and the Duomo in Florence, Italy, were the highlights of my visits to those cities. I can’t wait to visit Christ Church Cathedral and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin this summer on my belated honeymoon.
I was in St. Louis a few weeks back working on an upcoming story for the magazine, and our group of writers and photographers had some time during the day to visit a few St. Louis attractions. I suggested we visit the cathedral, and I’m glad I did.
The exterior of the cathedral is striking by itself, but the interior is breathtaking. Inside, the ceiling of the entire cathedral is covered in beautiful mosaics. In fact, it is the world’s largest collection of mosaics. I spent my time at the cathedral wandering its marble halls and chapels, in awe of the imagery above my head.
Imagine my delight as I discovered that Missouri was home to a stunning cathedral worthy of the most beautifully built churches in Europe!
If you’re ever in St. Louis, don’t miss visiting this cathedral. Take a seat in one of the wooden pews, and spend some time admiring the mosaics. It's the perfect setting for a moment of quiet self-reflection.