Catherdral of Saint John the Baptist

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222 East Harris Street, Savannah, GA, USA

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Savannah's French Gothic Cathedral Apr 02, 2012
The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is Savannah's Roman Catholic Cathedral. The parish was founded in the 1790s, after the American Revolution, by emigres from France and Haiti. (The Georgia Colony had initially prohibited Catholic settlers, due to its proximity to Spanish Florida.) Following growth and establishment of a diocese in 1850, construction of a new cathedral in the French Gothic style began in 1873. Shortly after its spires were completed in 1896, the structure was damaged by a fire.

The rebuilt cathedral of 1900 is seen today. The interior detail and artwork date from 1900-1913 with a few more recent additions. Inside, the 114 foot long nave is light and airy, illuminated by a series of tall stained glass windows and a triptych of windows over the altar. The lightness is accentuated by ten thin columns supporting the 66 foot arched ceiling. I think the nave appears longer than it actually is. The north and south transept stained glass winnows are impressive. Depicting the Ascension and the Assumption, they were made in Tirol, Austria, in 1904.

Quite different from other Savannah churches and recommended.

Interior photography is permitted. Closes to visitors at 5:00 p.m.
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Nave
Marble altar installed in 1985
Triptych of stained glass windows …
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davidx says:
Most of our cathedrals are at least in part a fair few hundred years old but, if you have not already done so, you might find interest with 3 newer ones, two in Liverpool and Coventry Cathedral.
Posted on: Aug 21, 2012
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