Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
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The oldest Roman Catholic church in Georgia.
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  • Carlo F
    Toronto, Canada576 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Comfortable enough to walk around
    It was a nice break from the heat to visit the cathedral on a July afternoon. Although not too busy on a weekday, there was a steady flow of visitors. I felt comfortable walking around and taking photos in the church.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Illinois1
    Illinois City, Illinois230 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    We took advantage of the Hop on Hop off trolley tour and visited the basilica. It is stunning. The stained glass rivals those I saw in Rome. We didn't stay for the presentation given by older ladies and a gentleman. We listened to his talk briefly, but it was a little long. We enjoyed walking around the cathedral. It is impressive.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • roadtripblondie
    282 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Savannah Landmark
    Worth stopping by. A beautiful house of worship with significant history. No need to block a lot of time, but worth putting on your walking tour of Historic Savannah. Our route to the cathedral from our Bay St. hotel took us through a very old cemetery which added to historical theme of our journey. Not even necessary to put the Cathedral in your Google walking maps… just look for the steeple!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Bethany
    Buford, Georgia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Most beautiful church EVER.
    The most beautiful church you will ever see in your life. It’s not really touristy. Unless you get a “guide” per say there’s not a lot of information in the church. But it’s definitely worth the few minutes you’ll spend in there admiring the architecture!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Carol Ann J
    Germantown, New York2,768 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Cathedral
    The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on E Harris Street is a magnificent cathedral. One may see the double spires from the historic district before arrival. Upon entering the main doors inside, one is left breathless. The architecture of the cathedral, stained glass windows, and large three-dimensional stations of the cross are exquisite. The cathedral is open for prayer and reflection at times during the day. One morning when we visited, we were fortunate to hear the organist playing. No matter what one's religious affiliation, the cathedral should not be missed.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Michie1291
    Greenfield, Massachusetts5,857 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Architecture in This Solemn Setting
    Definitely worth a visit when in Savannah. Open for mass attendance, for tours, and for just wandering through it on your own. Check their website to make sure there are no special events that cause it to be closed to the public. I got off the Trolley Tour bus stop only to find that it was closed in preparation for an evening concert. I simply returned the next day. It’s stunning and even though the public has access, everyone remains quiet when inside the basilica. I spent about 45 minutes slowly strolling through and taking photos. Many people sat in the pews for quiet reflection and some were kneeling in prayer. My only regret was not attending a mass here. Maybe on a future visit?
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 October 2023
  • JMCSTL
    Saint Louis, Missouri7,500 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Holy & Special Place
    The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist makes for an imposing sight as you walk the streets of the Savannah Historic District, with its unique French Gothic style including several soaring spires and bright whitewashed stucco coating over the structural brickwork (particularly striking when lit up at night). The interior spaces are even more beautiful and provide a spiritual sanctuary for quiet contemplation (as you wish) and for admiring the various decorative & architectural features. This place of worship is one of the most attractive cathedrals my wife & I have seen in our travels around the U.S., and the parish staff can offer you details & insights into its history including occasional free sit-down tours describing the key features of the building. A visit should be part of everyone's Historic Savannah walking tour.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 November 2023
  • Nikol Z
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply Breathtakingly Beautiful
    Simply breathtaking. So much pride goes into the upkeep of the church itself considering its age and location and you can see it and feel it in every detail. During Christmas the spectacular Nativity set up is worth the visit alone. A beautiful spiritual trip for our entire family.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 December 2023
  • owlbeonholiday
    Worcester, United Kingdom1,148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic nativity scene.
    Beautiful modern ish cathedral. Lovely stained glass, catching the sun beautifully today. Really impressive nativity scene - the best I've ever seen. However, all slightly ruined by the miserable woman stationed at the entrance shouting at people. Completely unnecessary.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 January 2024
  • Gina M
    Chicago, Illinois150 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cathedral
    A beautiful beautiful cathedral. Absolutely worth visiting. It was very peaceful, which was so nice after all, of the other touristy attractions! I am Catholic, so I may be a bit biased - but - I’d highly recommend to see the lovely architecture & relax and appreciate the silence.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 February 2024
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Trish W
McMurray, PA1,060 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The money value in the interior of this church screams opulence. It is spectacularly decorated to be sure...at the expense of the contributors. They request a $3 "donation" at the door per person to gaze on their riches and ask $2 to light a candle. Being an ex-Catholic who found salvation in Jesus Christ (which is mostly unknown by Catholics), I found this extravagance of wealth in possessions vulgar in the extreme.
Written 6 March 2020
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3000calories
Buffalo, NY1,549 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Beautiful architecture and free to go in. They don’t like it if you go in to look while there are services going on but they will still let you. One in our group wasn’t careful and stepped on some construction causing a loud noise. Also, you must take your hat off before going in or the ushers will ask you to please remove your hat.
Written 16 February 2020
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ProMetalSales
Seattle287 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The inside of this Catholic Church is ornate, detailed and the stained glass exquisite. For a small donation at the door you can gaze upon a truly unique and beautiful church interior that stirs the soul. Be sure and look up at the back loft, uniquely done.
Written 13 March 2020
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PMplus3
Pennsylvania166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Make sure you check their website for mass times, no visits during services. There was a sign placed outside the door during mass that did provide a return time for visits. Security guard sits inside door. Public Must wear mask to enter, must use the supplied hand sanitizer when entering. Pictures allowed. You are also allowed to sit in a pew and pray if you desire. Box with suggested $3 donation is placed at door. A church staff member was sitting at the back of the church at a table with some items for sale ( Christmas ornaments and lavender satchels).
Written 2 July 2020
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1010Staceyb
Amherst, VA87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This Cathedral is a must see when visiting Savannah! We attended Sunday Mass there and were glad we did. Sometimes when visiting other churches as out of towners, you don’t always feel welcome. This was not the case here. Everyone was welcoming and friendly. We will definitely return on our next visit to Savannah. If you’re not interested in Mass, I would still definitely recommend seeing the architecture of this beautiful church.
Written 16 January 2020
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,246 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I visited the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist several times in June 2021 during my visit to Savannah. The first time I spent almost an hour inside. The altar, organ, figures, stained glass, Bishop's chair and many other things were beautiful. I attended Sunday mass here conducted by the Bishop of Savannah. There are so many photo ops both inside and outside. I recommend going at 9 am when the doors are first opened for visitors and there are less people.
Written 26 June 2021
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EMILE D
Guatemala City, Guatemala5,103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The cathedral is beautiful with a gothic style. On the outside you can't imagine the beauty of the interior. It has beautiful works made of marble, they also used wood and stone, with perfect finishes. They also have stained glass windows and spectacular paintings. It's totally worth a visit. Entrance is free. You can´t take pictures during Mass. Mass hours are at 7:00 am and 12:00 p.m.
Written 5 March 2020
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Glenn
Nashville, TN179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
This is a must see Church when visiting Savannah.
So inspiring between the Stained Glass and Paintings, you can spend a few hours just taking in the beauty. There is a $3.00 donantion request. Parking is limited due to the heavy volume of visitors. Catholics and Non Catholics will truly enjoy this breathtaking church and it's history. Don't forget to bring your phone or camera.
Written 28 May 2021
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MegBon
Indianapolis, IN311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This cathedral, inspired by Notre Dame in Paris, is stunning. Admission is free, but there's a suggested donation of $3. During the times of Covid-19, every other pew is roped off to accommodate distancing, and hand sanitizer is provided at entrance and exit. Very quiet and not busy at all in mid-October 2020. Highly recommend a visit to this beautiful place.
Written 19 October 2020
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BILLB47
Charlotte, NC324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
From another traveler - Very True

'This cathedral, inspired by Notre Dame in Paris, is stunning. Admission is free, but there's a suggested donation of $3. During the times of Covid-19, every other pew is roped off to accommodate distancing, and hand sanitizer is provided at entrance and exit. Very quiet and not busy at all in mid-October 2020. Highly recommend a visit to this beautiful place.'
Written 23 October 2020
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