Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
- Type: Churches/Religious Sites
- Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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Although this beautiful, Neo-Byzantine Roman Catholic cathedral was completed less than a century ago in the early 1900s (long after many of the churches in Europe), the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis enjoys worldwide renown for its mosaic installation on the walls and ceiling. About 41.5 glass tesserae pieces comprise the installation, making it the largest in the world.
One TripAdvisor user recommends taking time to enjoy the mosaics: "Sit a while and try to take in all 7,000 shades of color. You won't be disappointed!" One Yelp.com user says: "Imagine if the great cathedrals of Europe hadn't suffered through centuries of pollution and countless wars, and you'll start to picture what the Cathedral Basilica is like."
The cathedral is located on Lindell Boulevard and is just east of Forest Park. Keep in mind that it is a working church and school, so there is a regular schedule of classes, masses and prayers, among other meetings. This free attraction is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends, but check the cathedral's schedule before visiting. (Guided tours do cost a small fee). For more information, visit the official website.