Saturday, July 15, 2006

Photos of the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France

The Latin Liturgy Association conference in Saint Louis this weekend started with a tour of local churches. First stop was the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, informally known as the Old Cathedral.

LLA members listen to a talk on the history of the church.

The Crucifixion painting is a copy of an original done by Diego Velázquez.

The painting of Louis IX was a gift by the King of France.


Saint Joan of Arc.

Saint Louis, king, crusader, defender of the Faith, and founder of hospitals and universities.

Station of the Cross.


  1. Wonderful! One question, though. Which King gave the picture of St. Louis?

  2. A New York Time article says that the painting was given by the restored Bourbon monarch Louis XVIII in 1818.

    The painting depicts Louis IX at prayer the night before his coronation.

    The church has a book for sale which goes into detail about the church's architecture and history. Also, a history of the church is posted in the narthex.

  3. Excellent, and a bit of an accomplishment. He wasn't noted for being open-handed.