10 July 2012
Catholic St. Louis, Missouri
The Gateway Arch is one of the most iconic monuments in the United States. Built entirely of stainless steel and standing 630 feet tall on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Louis. The Gateway Arch was completed in A.D. 1965.
A picture of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis from the street. The round, modern looking building in the foreground is the chancery.
The main altar of the basilica. From this vantage point you can see into two of the domes, although a picture (especially with most of the interior lights dimmed as we found the basilica on this day) cannot do it justice.
Saint Louis IX, King of France, himself, holding our Lord's crown of thorns, a relic that he purchased from Baldwin II, the Latin Emperor of Constantinople. Today, the crown of thorns is preserved at Notre Dame Cathedral.
Bishop Robert Hermann, Auxiliary Bishop emeritus of Archdiocese of St. Louis has his own designated confessional in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. There are several of these confessionals in the basilica, offering both face-to-face or behind-the-screen opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A very nice setup.
The All Saints chapel inside the basilica. The Cathedral Basilica boasts the largest mosaic installation in the world, with nearly every surface covered with mosaic tile. Also available now is a life size bronze replica of Michelangelo's Pieta, which is stunning.