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Cathedral Basilica Named St. Louis' Top Landmark, No. 11 in U.S.: TripAdvisor

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Inside the Cathedral Basilica.
The Cathedral Basilica's breathtaking beauty and world-class mosaics propelled the 100-year-old cathedral to become the top landmark in St. Louis and the 11th best in the country, according to travel site TripAdvisor.

Here in St. Louis, the basilica beat out Forest Park, the Fox Theatre, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the City Museum, Busch Stadium and every other local tourist attraction thanks to TripAdvisors' users, who review each local landmark. Cathedral Basilica also ranked No. 11 on a list of U.S. landmarks, coming in behind No. 10, Washington D.C.'s Korean War Veterans Memorial, and No. 12, the Brooklyn Bridge.

See also: Saint Louis Zoo Named No. 2 in USA Today Poll, No. 1 in Our Hearts

TripAdvisor analyzed the quantity and quality of user reviews for landmarks nationwide over the last year to make its lists. That means the rankings are largely based on what visitors and tourists said about the cathedral online, not on critical reviews or ticket sales.

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The Cathedral Basilica.
The Cathedral Basilica, home to one of the largest collections of mosaics in the western hemisphere, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Construction ran from 1907 to 1914, and craftsmen installed the final mosaic in 1988.

"As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cathedral, we are humbled that the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis has been named the 11th best landmark in the country, and ranked No. 1 landmark in St. Louis," says Nicole Heerlein, communications specialist for the cathedral. "We are grateful to all who have visited and provided such glowing reviews. We look forward to welcoming all future visitors in our next 100 years."

Despite its impressive grandeur, the cathedral is famously more popular with religious tourists than with everyday St. Louisans, though locals flocked there in January 2013 to say their last goodbyes to Stan "The Man" Musial after his death.

Masses, tours, a gift shop and the mosaic museum are all open and available daily.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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April Dillon
April Dillon

Its phenomenal! It took a friend who went there while visiting from out of town to convince me I was really missing out not seeing it.

Joyce Laux
Joyce Laux

I have been there . It's beautiful !

Gary Muich
Gary Muich

What do you expect with all the crime?? Dah..

Karen Hall
Karen Hall

The mosaics were made by artist from fredericktown, MO. There are murals in the catholic church there, too.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

I have been meaning to take myself on an architectural tour of St. Louis. It would be nice if some newspaper would highlight the top ten places to visit. Hint hint.

Alec Castle
Alec Castle

1. The Arch is way cooler and much more unique. 2. The institution behind the building is absolutely deplorable. 3. The best things are about St. Louis are all of the charming, very real small businesses. 4. Our wonderful art and science museums are much more useful than some cathedral. Our beautiful and free zoo is also worth mentioning. Conclusion: There are better ways to enrich yourself in St. Louis. Go to the city museum, the art museum, the history museum, the zoo, or even just enjoy the beauty of Forest Park. These are all more culturally fulfilling for citizens of St. Louis. If tourists want to waste their time at some Catholic landmark, that's their loss. Remember, the Archbishop here just admitted to not knowing that the rape of young boys was illegal and wrong. The people of St. Louis know where the real action is.

Wayne Light
Wayne Light

Too many perverts lurking in the shadows of that creepy place!

Elaine Rickles
Elaine Rickles

I was confirmed there and I've visited and gone to mass there. I used to live half a block from it. I have a love/hate of the decadence though.

Aunia Kahn
Aunia Kahn

To be honest, because they are rude. I was publicly shamed when I did not know how to do something during mass and when I went to talk to them in private after, I was yelled at.

John P Cooper
John P Cooper

Because of the Creep that lives up the street!

Alexandra Lugger
Alexandra Lugger

I took a formal tour once, and took my husband who had never been there this past Good Friday. We're not Catholic or anything, but the architecture is beautiful and rather daunting.

Konnor Wade Sincox
Konnor Wade Sincox

I have lived here my whole life, and lived less than a mile from it for the past 4 years - and have never been inside.

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