HERE ARE PHOTOS of Saint Joseph Church, in the Pike County town of Louisiana, Missouri. Located on bluffs high above the Mississippi River, and part of the Diocese of Jefferson City, this church is about 85 highway miles northwest of Saint Louis.
The parish was founded in 1865, and the beautiful church features a rare decorative roof. The parish is named after Saint Joseph, foster-father of Our Lord Jesus, husband of the Virgin, and patron of the universal church.
The front door.
The interior of the church. The pews are angled somewhat towards the center. Artistically, the church features a decorative ceiling and fine stained glass windows. I didn't use a tripod for these shots, so these pictures are bit blurry.
Tabernacle of Our Lord, surrounded by eucharistic symbols of wheat and grapes, and below woodworking tools of Saint Joseph and the fleur-de-lys of Saint Louis.
One of the windows behind the altar — the agony in the garden of Gethsemane.
A view of the street near the church. Louisiana was founded in 1817, and was a prosperous river port. Many Victorian homes are preserved here.
A view of a the church from a block away. Turning the camera around, we get this view:
The Mississippi River from Riverview Park. This beautifully scenic region is favored by many artists.
508 North Third Street
Louisiana, Missouri 63353