The architecture is stunning. Extensive use of arches, domes, marble, and stained glass is beautiful. But the most breathtaking feature is the mosaics. Everywhere you turn, mosaics glitter—on the walls, in the domes, on the ceilings, in the side chapels. Home to one of the largest collections of mosaics in the world, a collection whose installation began in 1912 and was completed 76 years later, in 1988, using over 41 million mosaic tiles in over 8,000 color shades, it’s no wonder that the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis was named one of the 12 Most Beautiful Churches in America by Budget Travel.
The slide show highlights some of what you will see on your visit.
The Mosaic Museum in the lower level of the church takes you through the design and application process of the mosaics.
The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, located at 4431 Lindell Boulevard in St. Louis, is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. You may take a self-guided tour anytime during these hours as long as a service is not taking place. Visit the basilica web site for information on guided tours.
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