Last Sunday I featured the Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. This Sunday I'm featuring the St. Louis Cathedral in St. Louis Missouri. This one was designated a Basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1997. Dedication for this church took place in 1914.
Installation of the mosaics began way back in 1912 before the church was even dedicated and continued until 1988. That's a very long time to be completing the task but, if you step inside the church, you might understand why.
The entire church is covered with beautiful mosaics containing 41.5 million glass pieces in more than 7,000 colors and covering 83,000 square feet of space.
The mosaics in the side chapels and sanctuary were designed and installed by Tiffany Studios. Those inside the main church were designed by August Oetken.
When you walk inside the church, it seems like every where you look it sparkles and shines.
I've seen spectacular churches in Europe but the St. Louis Cathedral can stand up against any of those grand churches. It's well worth a peek inside.