Monday, January 23, 2006

Photos of Saint Vincent de Paul Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri

Here are photos of Saint Vincent de Paul Church, in Saint Louis, Missouri. This church was built in 1844 by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians) and is still staffed by that order. It is one of the oldest Catholic churches in the City of Saint Louis.



The church has a neoclassical facade; within a few decades, churches started being made again in the Gothic, or "Catholic Style".




The church is located in the near south side of the city, on the edge of downtown. It is situated right on Interstate 55; the highway was built with a slight bend to the south to avoid the destruction of this church. Because of the highway blocking access, driving to this church may be somewhat difficult, unless you know which streets to take.




The main altar. The interior photos were taken on January 3rd, with the decorations of the Christmas Season.




A painting above the altar, in the dome of the apse. The church also has numerous paintings of Vincentians and scenes from the history of the Congregation.




The church has four side-altars; this one is now used for the musicians.




Another side-altar.




One of the Stations of the Cross.




These are some buildings next to the church, classic 19th-century row houses, common in the older parts of the city.

By walking around here on foot, I realized that this church is connected to other neighborhoods in ways of which I was unaware. There is a pedestrian bridge connecting this church property with Soulard Market (dating from 1770) and it abuts with the housing belonging to Saint Raymond's Maronite Cathedral.


Archdiocesan web page: http://www.archstl.org/index.php?option=com_adir&task=details&amokey=84&Itemid=80
Parish web page: http://www.stvstl.org

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