Famous Religious Buildings Walking Tour in Saint Louis (Self Guided), Saint Louis

Saint Louis is considered the perfect destination for those who want to see great architecture that also has an important spiritual value. This old city features some of the most famous and interesting churches in the USA as well as other well known religious buildings. Take this walking tour to visit the most famous religious buildings in Saint Louis.
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Famous Religious Buildings Walking Tour in Saint Louis Map

Guide Name: Famous Religious Buildings Walking Tour in Saint Louis
Guide Location: USA » Saint Louis (See other walking tours in Saint Louis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.1 Km or 3.8 Miles
Author: doris
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Saint Vincent DePaul Church
  • Saint Raymonds Maronite Cathedral
  • St. Mary of Victories Catholic Church
  • Old Cathedral
  • Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist Parish
  • Centenary United Methodist Church
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Shrine of St. Joseph
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Saint Vincent DePaul Church

1) Saint Vincent DePaul Church

Saint Vincent DePaul Church in Saint Louis is a large and impressive building, made of red brick. Right from the entrance it provides a terrific view of the sanctuary. The numerous columns make the church's interior truly majestic. Here you can see a magnificent altar and tabernacle, and the side altar of Mary. St. Vincent de Paul Church was named in honor of Vincent de Paul, who was a priest of the Catholic Church and dedicated himself to serving the poor. Masses are held every day.
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Saint Raymonds Maronite Cathedral

2) Saint Raymonds Maronite Cathedral

Saint Raymonds Maronite Cathedral is a Catholic church, which follows the Eastern Rite. The building boasts a beautiful dome with a characteristic eye-catching Maronite cross atop. The church serves liturgies every day, and hosts a Ladies Society.
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St. Mary of Victories Catholic Church

3) St. Mary of Victories Catholic Church

The St. Mary of Victories Catholic Church was established in 1843. The building was designed as a Renaissance church. The St. Mary of Victories Church is the second oldest catholic church of Saint Louis. The church was built to serve the needs of about 500 families who had emigrated from Germany. The architecture and the inside of the church are outstanding. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Old Cathedral

4) Old Cathedral (must see)

The Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, formerly the Cathedral of Saint Louis, and colloquially the Old Cathedral, was the first cathedral west of the Mississippi River and until 1845 the only parish church in the city of St. Louis. It is one of two Catholic basilicas in St. Louis, and it is named for King Louis IX of France, also the namesake for the city of St. Louis.

It is located near the historic riverfront of St. Louis, surrounded by the Gateway Arch grounds. Because of the historical significance of the church, it was left intact while all neighboring buildings were demolished to make way for the Gateway Arch. The basilica remains a popular church for marriage ceremonies in the archdiocese and a popular tourist destination.

Why You Should Visit:
You would be hard-pressed to see more exquisite mosaics on US soil. Every inch of wall, ceiling, and floor is another amazing thing to look at.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm; Sat: 6:30am-6pm; Sun: 7:30am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist Parish

5) Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist Parish

The Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist Parish was established in 1847 and has since served the Catholics of Saint Louis. The church was repeatedly renovated, which is why it is in a great condition even today. The interior of the church is fascinating. It contains beautiful paintings, stained glass windows, and other attractive features.
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Centenary United Methodist Church

6) Centenary United Methodist Church

The Centenary United Methodist Church was established in 1839. It is one the first churches within the USA that opened their doors for everybody, regardless of race, status and experience. The Centenary United Methodist Church has become one of the most important landmarks of Saint Louis.
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Christ Church Cathedral

7) Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral in Saint Louis was designed by architect Leopold Eidlitz and built between 1859 and 1867. The Gothic revival structure was an expression of the city's sense of its significance as the United States expanded westwards. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

Located in what is now downtown at Thirteenth and Locust streets, it was one of the earliest churches influenced by the revival within the Episcopal Church of early Christian practices and styles, which later was influenced by the Oxford Movement originating in England. The main body of the church was built of Illinois sandstone. A smaller sandstone chapel dates to 1893-95. From 1910-1912, a tower and porch were added of Indiana limestone.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Shrine of St. Joseph

8) Shrine of St. Joseph

The church had its beginning in 1843 when the Jesuits founded the parish to serve a pleasant residential community consisting mostly of German immigrants. Also, the Church is the site of the only authenticated miracle in the Midwest. After founding the parish in 1843,the Jesuits immediately instituted to build a church. Two years after 'St. Peter Claver’s Miracle', it was decided to build a large addition to the old building and to revise the structure so that the entrance faced on Biddle Street. Bishop Kenrick laid the cornerstone for this second St. Joseph in 1865. Bueschers of Chicago, famous for their religious art work, were employed to carve an elaborate altar, which is designed as a replica of the Altar of St. Ignatius in the Jesuit Gesu Church in Rome, except that the figure of St. Joseph and the Christ Child are substituted for the figure of St. Ignatius.Known as "The Altar of Answered Prayers" because of its origin, this beautiful work can still be seen at St. Joseph's Shrine, where it serves as the central altar.

In 1880 the church was once again enlarged and remodeled. This work, which included the addition of an elaborate Romanesque Face and twin towers surmounted with delicate cupolas, was completed in 1881.Further alterations had to be made in 1954, under the supervision of the shrine's pastor, Father Anthony Corey. At this time, for reasons of safety, the beautiful original towers were shortened, and the cupolas replaced by heavier, hexagonal caps, thus considerably altering the exterior of the building, and detracting form its former beauty.

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Walking Tours in Saint Louis, Missouri

Create Your Own Walk in Saint Louis

Create Your Own Walk in Saint Louis

Creating your own self-guided walk in Saint Louis is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Saint Louis Downtown Introduction Walk

Saint Louis Downtown Introduction Walk

Missouri's main city, St. Louis, is a prominent metropolis with high-rising downtown dominated by the iconic, 630-ft. Gateway Arch, erected in the 1960s to commemorate the early 19th-century explorations of Lewis and Clark and America's westward advance. To see what other attractions Saint Louis has to offer, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
Saint Louis' Top Museums Walking Tour

Saint Louis' Top Museums Walking Tour

Saint Louis is a city that has a wide variety of attractions on offer for the tourist. You can discover the cultural past and present of Saint Louis by visiting some of its museums and galleries. This walking tour will take you through the most popular museums in Saint Louis.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Downtown Nightlife

Downtown Nightlife

Saint Louis is a city that offers a wide variety of nightlife entertainment. You can find cozy cafes, amazing bars and dynamic nightclubs that will suit couples, friends and families. If your are planning to spend a night out in Saint Louis, take this walking tour and explore the best nightlife venues of this city.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Shopping Tour in Saint Louis

Shopping Tour in Saint Louis

Saint Louis was founded in 1764. Today, it is one of the most interesting and attractive cities in the United States. Besides some of the most interesting tourist attractions, it also offers a fascinating shopping experience. Take this walking tour to explore some of the most famous specialty and antique shopping places in Saint Louis.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Grand Center Art Galleries Walking Tour

Grand Center Art Galleries Walking Tour

The Grand Center, well known for its significant art galleries, is where you can see impressive paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures and more. Besides featuring great exhibitions, many offer art classes for all ages. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the best galleries St. Louis has to offer in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Saint Louis Forest Park Walking Tour

Saint Louis Forest Park Walking Tour

Situated on the Mississippi River, Saint Louis is one of the top tourist destinations in the United States. The city boasts a vast number of entertaining and educational facilities such as museums, zoos and parks. Among the latter, the most outstanding is Saint Louis Forest Park, established in 1876. The park represents an ideal location for a great time out. Take this walking tour to discover the...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles