We didn’t have a lot of time to spend in Saint Louis, but after reviewing a few things we could see in a short time, the Cathedral Basilica caught our eye. And what a treat for the eye it was! It contains one of the largest mosaic collections in the world, with more than 40 million glass tesserae pieces, in over 7,000 colors.
These are not paintings – they’re all mosaics!
Here’s a slightly closer look at that ceiling:
It was spectacular – every bit as fantastic as the cathedrals we’ve seen in Europe. We were so glad we went. The only thing that Larry would have enjoyed more would have been if they’d been playing organ music. Truth! He loves it.
Most of the mosaic backgrounds are gold tiles in multiple shades. The glittering effect in real life is gorgeous.
If you’re ever passing through Saint Louis, don’t miss it.
Beautiful! Just as beautiful as what Kym had on her blog about Italy.
I thought I had clicked on Kym’s blog and was looking at European cathedrals! I had no idea that mosaics like these were in the US/St. Louis, and thank you for sharing this. I’m with Larry on the organ music!
That is GORGEOUS!
It amazes me that the frescos are made of mosaics. They look painstakingly hand painted! Thank you for sharing this amazing place.