Feb 23, 2012

St Louis Basilica USA

During my trip to St Louis this week my business associate and buddie Doug and his wife Bev took me to see this most stunning and inspiring cathedral. Check it out if you are in the area it is one of those experiences you will never forget regardless of your religious leanings. There are 7700sq meters of mind blowing mosaics employing 41.5 million pieces of glass tessare in over 7000 colours. Work on the mosaics began in 1912 and finished in 1988.
We had a neat afternoon looking at some of the more select homes and beautiful parkland areas and finished at the Schalafly brewery. I mean where else would you go after church?
The photos are not that great as I only had my phone and it was dark inside and flash would not have been appropriate.
Thanks Doug and Bev. You were great hosts and gave up your Sunday to look after me. It was fun.
Here is what Wiki has to say about the St Louis Basilica.
Clicking on the small images will enlarge them.

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, also known as the Saint Louis Cathedral or the New Cathedral, was completed in 1914 in St. Louis, Missouri, as the archdiocesan replacement for the Cathedral of St. Louis, King of France. Although workers began clearing ground for the building on May 1, 1907, dedication of the Cathedral and its first mass did not take place until October 18, 1914, when the superstructure was complete.[3] Consecration of the church took place more than a decade later on June 29, 1926.[4] The Cathedral was designated a basilica by Pope John Paul II on April 4, 1997.[5] The church is known for its large mosaic installation (which is the largest in the world[6]), burial crypts, and the addition of an outdoor sculpture to promote racial harmony.

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