Tuesday, July 29, 2014

#193: Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral)

Within a walk from the Gateway Arch through the Jefferson Memorial Expansion park is this old church, or rather, cathedral. And it's not just any other cathedral: it is one of the oldest in the United States.
  • Given the name Old Cathedral, after Pope John Paul II designated the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis located in Central West End in 1999.
  • Built between 1831 and 1834.
  • Designated as a basilica by Pope John XXIII in 1961.
  • Renovated in 1963.
  • While it is one of the city's buildings, it is also the sole surviving building of demolished 40 city blocks. 
  • Many Catholic marriages are still performed here.

A view of the Cathedral from the Gateway Arch

At the moment, parts of the building are being covered due to the construction of the expansion of the Arch grounds.
Left side of the cake

Back side of the cake

Right side of the cake

Top of the cake
Wikipedia link

209 Walnut St., ST. LOUIS, MO, 63102
Cake artist: Vince Sciaroni  (He also decorated the Jay International/South Grand cake)

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