Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Towering over Lafayette Square in the Historic District, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist's Gothic towers should lure in any architecture buff. The original cathedral was constructed in 1799 by the first French colonists to arrive in the area. At the end of the 19th century, the old building was torn down to make room for the larger, stone cathedral that you see today. It is known for its intricate gold-leaf designs, an Italian marble altar and stunning stained-glass windows.
Most people who take the time to see this cathedral are flabbergasted by its beauty. As one recent visitor noted on TripAdvisor: "You look at the Cathedral from the outside and you say WOW. Then you walk inside and you are overwhelmed by what your eyes and mind are experiencing." Feel free to enjoy, but remember to be respectful — as it's still an active house of worship. You are also welcome to attend religious services here.
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for religious ceremonies. You don't have to pay to look around, but donations are greatly appreciated. For more information, including Mass times, visit the cathedral's website.
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