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- Churches/Religious Sites Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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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 mosaics collection on its walls and ceiling. Nearly 42 million glass tesserae pieces comprise the installation, making it one of the largest in the world.
The cathedral's massive mosaics collection is why many previous visitors recommend spending several hours here, even if you're not religious. Just be sure to check the church's schedule: When Mass is in session, tours are not available.
The cathedral is located in the Central West End neighborhood just east of Forest Park. This free attraction is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and complimentary tours are regularly held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturdays. A small donation of $2 per person is requested to enter the property's lower-level mosaics museum. Restrooms, a gift shop and a parking lot are also located on-site. For visitors without a car, there's the Central West End MetroLink station, which sits less than a mile away. Check out the cathedral's website to learn more.
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