Cathedral sights in North America
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Erected after the Great Fire of 1849, this venerable Gothic Revival cathedral is graced by Tiffany stained glass, a grand organ, lovely gardens and bells pealing out from the tallest spire in Canada. You will find a small historical museum is tucked away in the parish house. Check the website for details on free Music at Midday and Twilight Recitals concerts.
One of the best examples of French architecture in the country is the triple-spired cathedral dedicated to Louis IX, the French king sainted in 1297, a most innocuous bit of Gallic heritage in the heart of an American city. Besides hosting black, white and Creole Catholic congregants, St Louis has also attracted those who, in the best New Orleanian tradition, mix their influences, such as voodoo queen Marie Laveau. The present cathedral was dedicated on Christmas Eve, 1794, and awarded the rank of minor basilica by Pope Paul VI in 1964.