Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, located in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, is well known for the beauty of its mosaic collection (41 million pieces).  Covering 83,000 sq ft, it is one of the largest mosaic collections in the world.  Taking 76 years to complete, the installation of mosaics in the interior began in 1912 and completed 1988.

(Click each tile for enlarged version and complete caption)

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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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33 Responses to “Masterpiece”

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  3. Heartafire says:

    this is gorgeous


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  5. cspindler says:

    Beautiful! Worship of the Creator inspires beautiful creations.


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  7. shoreacres says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time and making the effort to post all these stunning photos. I do love cathedrals and churches, and didn’t have a clue about this one! If I’d only seen the photos, I surely would have placed it in Europe, not the middle of the US. It’s just beautiful, and if I ever get to St. Louis, I certainly will put it on my “must-see” list.


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  9. seeker says:

    What country is this?


  10. When ever I go abroad on holiday I am always visiting Churches and Cathedrals.. And they never disappoint.. This was indeed a Masterpiece Becca… Thank you for sharing xox Sue


  11. Oh Becca these photos are breathtaking x thank you so much for showing me such beauty. I went to a wonderful Cathedral in St Petersburg some years ago which had Icons and Mosaics covering every inch of the inside. But these mosaics are so bright that they glow with beauty. Thanks again.


    • becca givens says:

      The photos do not do it justice by any stretch of my imagination — but they do provide me with wonderful mementos of the visit and an appreciation for the intricate work. I appreciate you taking the time to visit.


  12. Colline says:

    Really beautiful.


  13. jfb57 says:

    I’ve gone for cathedrals too. Beautiful images.


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  15. mithriluna says:

    Beautiful images of this beautiful church.


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  17. Jamie Dedes says:

    Nice work.
    Few things as lovely as these old catherals. Lovely. Thanks for posting the pics.


  18. Tina Schell says:

    Wow, been to St. Louis many times and never knew! Amazing – loved the back story. Your final photo is my fav!


    • becca givens says:

      Next time you travel to St. Louis — try to visit. Using a tour guide is well worth the time. All Soul’s Chapel (the final photo) and the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (the photo prior to the last) were my favorites. And as the saying goes, photos do not do it justice. Thank you for visiting and leaving feedback. Have a great weekend.


  19. Beth says:

    Wow! I appreciate the tour. Wonderful commentary and such beautiful photos. I am making an addition to my bucket list!


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  21. Amy says:

    Truly a masterpiece!


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