Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Missouri by barnsis
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If you ever visit St. Louis, Missouri this is a definite must see. It is open to the public daily and photography is allowed except when mass is taking place.

This huge Cathedral covers most of a city block just west of down town St. Louis. The planning for this huge construction began in the 1870s and ground breaking was done on May 1, 1907 with the laying of the building cornerstone on October 18, 1908. The full consecration did not take place until June 29, 1926 – nearly 60 years from conception to completion.

The interior of the Cathedral is dimly lit. I did not want to disturb the worshipers you can see sitting in the front pews so I didn’t use a flash for this image. However this will give you a the size perspective for the interior size and an idea of the mosaics decoration.

Sony Cybershot/Super SteadyshotDSC 12.1mp on auto – As Is

More images of the mosaics will follow.

Almost the the entire interior surface of the Cathedral is covered with mosaics. In 1912, they started the installation of mosaics in the interior. The mosaics were not completed until 1988, the mosaics collectively contain 41.5 million glass tesserae pieces in more than 7,000 colors. Covering 83,000 square feet; this mosaic collection is one of the largest in the world and the largest in the western hemisphere.

This church is so huge and in a down town location so the only place to get a full front view is from across the street. I was leaning against the front wall of the building there to be able to get the entire building in the frame. My Sony is the only camera or lens I have that has a wide enough angle lens for this shot. ☺

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  • Yool
    Yoolabout 5 years ago

    Great building and wonderful shot dear brother :))

  • Thank you it is hard to take the full view of the Cathedral because it sits on a city block, I used my widest angle camera and still could not get the entire building in. Put this on your list for some day sis!

    – barnsis

  • Jonice
    Joniceabout 5 years ago

    What a lovely building. The design is awesome looking.

  • Thank you, it is quite impressive inside and out.

    – barnsis

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromabout 5 years ago

    Awesome shot Bro…Love the interior shot!

  • Thank you, I lived within 25 miles of this for 37 years and yesterday was my first time to go but I have to go back now with another camera so I can take good images of the mosaics.

    – barnsis

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1about 5 years ago

    This is just gorgeous!

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanabout 5 years ago

    wow, byron… this is a fantastic church…. absolutely lovely…. and a great capture!!!! would love to be able to go inside… and just snoop around… it’s a spectacular building!! barb

  • Thanks, you just have to come to St. Louis, the Cathedral is open every day and you can walk around with your camera and take as many pictures as you want except during mass.

    – barnsis

  • BarbL
    BarbLabout 5 years ago

    Holy Cow (hehe)!!! This is truly a beauty! I love the patina on the roofs and the complete grandure of the architecture. The inside reminds me of the church I went to when I was a little girl…long since torn down but with the beautiful high ceilings that were painted with murals and the very long aisle down the middle…bet a bride or two has wished for a shorter aisle!! LOL! Wonderful capture, dear brother!!

  • Thanks sis, more images to come, Think I will do a collage of the mosaics so you are not assaulted by so many.

    – barnsis

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thanks

    – barnsis

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekabout 5 years ago

    What a grand place and I’m glad they keep it up!! They’re very Historic!!! Great shot!! ;-))

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 5 years ago

    so many interesting places to see and do…………
    makes a great card……….

  • I drove around central and north St. Louis for over two hours just driving to the steeples I saw and taking pictures of churches. More of them to come { :>)

    – barnsis

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