The numbers are staggering: Nearly 42 million pieces of glass, in more than 7,000 colors, fashioned into 83,000 square feet of Byzantine mosaic art by 20 artists over 75 years. But even those incredible numbers can’t do justice to the awe-inspiring artistry that adorns the interior of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. You need not be a person of faith to be moved by this masterpiece in the Central West End. The Cathedral Basilica is, simply put, one of the best things to do in St. Louis, especially if you enjoy architectural beauty. It is one of the largest mosaic collections in the world and rivals the cathedrals of Europe. As you check out the Tiffany rose window at the rear of this Romanesque-style Roman Catholic church, gaze up, as well, at the rear dome, which depicts the history of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Reservations are required (call at least one day in advance) for the free daily guided tours, offered from 10am to 4pm, but you’re welcome to tour the cathedral on your own any time (except during mass times). And check the website for the schedule for the tremendous Cathedral Concerts series, which presents “great music in a great space” from October through June.
Attractions & Landmarks, Religious