Sunday, November 20, 2005

Photos of Some Side-Chapels of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Here are some side-chapels within the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis. This cathedral was started in 1907, and the nave generally is in the Byzantine style, with a vast collection of mosaics. The side chapels are quite distinctive, but these little photos don't do them justice. Click on any photo for a larger version.

This is the Blessed Virgin's Chapel, where I once attended a Carpatho-Ruthenian Divine Liturgy. Pope John Paul II prayed here in 1999. It is in the Italian style and was designed by Tiffany & Company of New York.

This is the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. The Sacrament is reserved here in the tabernacle, and the chapel is for private prayer only. The red mosaics in the arches continues the red ceiling of the ambulatory, which symbolizes the blood of Christ.

This is All Soul's Chapel, burial place for Cardinal Glennon, Cardinal Ritter and Archbishop May. The black marble signifies death, and the white marble symbolizes eternal life. The statue on the altar is of the Resurrected Christ. The chapel is said to be in the "Viennese Secessionist" style.

I was unable to take a photo of the other major chapel in the Cathedral, All Saints Chapel (designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany), since a priest was instructing altar servers on the Mass. Remarkably, these side-chapels are simple compared to the rest of the Cathedral. Photographing the interior is difficult, and I need to refine my technique.

Statue of Saint Louis IX, King of France, holding the relic of the Crown of Thorns. This statue faces the All Souls Chapel.

1 comment:

  1. the all souls chapel no longer houses any remains. all the mortal remains were moved to the crypt level.