The Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, “The Old Cathedral”

About: The Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, aka The Old Cathedral, is the oldest church in St. Louis, MO, and was the only church in the city back in 1845. The city of St. Louis was founded in 1764 by Pierre Liguest Laclede and his First Lieutenant Auguste Chouteau. St. Louis IX, King of France, is the Patron Saint of the City and of the Church. On January 27, 1961, Pope John XXIII signed a Decree naming the former Cathedral of St. Louis, a Basilica, recognizing it as “a treasure of the universal church”. Now, it belongs to the whole world and not just to the locals.


My Experiences: My friend and I visited The Old Cathedral while we were in St. Louis in December 2010. It locates near the Gateway Arch and stood in plain view when we are looking down from the top of the Arch. The church still operates and is open for visitors. The church was almost empty when we browsed through on Monday morning. The outside of the building may look old, but the inside still in good condition. Old church looks very simple compare to modern churches.20140729-201727-73047624.jpg

Pros: to have the experience of visiting one of the oldest churches


Cons: none

I rate it 4 stars!

Have you visited this church yet? How do you think of it?






2 thoughts on “The Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, “The Old Cathedral”

  1. Sartenada says:

    Beautiful photos. I am glad that You gave also its history. Many people just present photos but no numbers.

    I love to shoot photos from churches. Until now I have photographed about 480 churches in countryside. Most beautiful churches in Finland are on countryside.

    On countryside our churches are wooden and bell towers are separated from churches.

    Here is one example:

    100 angels’ church.

    Happy blogging!


    • Jasmine says:

      I don’t include the history of my photos just for my readers, I include it for myself too because I am curious where it came from. Just a little history help the reader appreciate the beauty in what they are seeing 🙂


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