Weekly Photo Challenge-Intricate: The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

Interior of the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica in Missouri.
Interior of the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica in Missouri.

I never expected to see a cathedral like this in St. Louis, Missouri.  Completed in 1914 this spectacular building would be a natural in some European capital, but a surprise in the heart of the U.S. From a distance, the walls and ceiling of this cathedral look painted.  With a closer look you see that they are covered in 41.5 million glass pieces in more than 7,000 colors. Covering 83,000 square feet, it is the largest mosaic collection in the world.  More than intricate, it’s staggering.  These photos are just a sample.

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5 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge-Intricate: The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis”

    1. Yes! Hard not to take a ton of photos there. I have to admit, that many of those I took were blurry. I was just snapping away but more professional looking pictures would require a tripod and some filters. Low light is always a toughie for me.

        1. And its all too much to carry, too. I just went to a photography workshop featuring two National Geographic photographers. They’re brilliant, talented photographers, but I think I could do a lot better myself if I had assistants to carry at least two cameras and a ton of other equipment, not to mention having the cooperation on the part of the folks you’re shooting that comes when you’re working for Nat Geo. Oh well, I can wish.

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