Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Savannah (must see)

In the early days of America, Roman Catholics were prohibited from settling in the South, out of fear that they would become more loyal to the Spanish southern colonies, and move away from the English northern colonies. As a result, Savannah had no Catholic church until the Revolution. The city's first Catholic church was established in 1799 by French migrants from Haiti who were fleeing the French Revolution, and various local uprisings. In 1873, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist was built to house Savannah's swelling Catholic population.

The Cathedral has several notable artistic and architectural features. These include the Great Rose Window, a Gothic quatrefoil with St. Cecilia in the center. The windows radiating from the center contain figures playing musical instruments. The Original Window of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the few to survive the great fire that ravaged Savannah in 1898. The Transept Windows feature the assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven surrounded by angels and saints, reminiscent of Murillo's painting of the Immaculate Conception. Lastly, the church houses several murals dating back to 1912, depicting saints and other religious figures with encoded symbols indicating their lives and deaths.

Why You Should Visit:
Lovely experience, spiritually and from an artistic point of view. Many locals refer to the Cathedral as “America’s Sixtine Chapel”; amazing stained glass work, ceiling paintings, and altar.
The outside French Gothic architecture is a free “trip” to Europe. You will be most impressed if you have not traveled extensively outside of the U.S.

Tip:
Take time to sit with the docent and listen to his tour of the building – you'll be glad you did.
The donation box as you exit is unique, so be sure to drop in a few bills and turn the handle.

Mon-Sat: 9–11:45am / 12:45–5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Sight Location: Savannah, USA
Sight Type: Religious
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