Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

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Bask in the beauty of the spectacular French Gothic architecture, magnificent artworks and unique history of this renowned Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Savannah.

With its towering spires and stained-glass windows, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is an exquisite example of the French Gothic architectural style in the state of Georgia. Take a guided tour of the building and learn about the edifice’s rich history, which dates back to the late 19th century.

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is remarkable due to its Georgian location. With a relatively low Catholic population, an edifice of this scale is exceedingly rare. Notice the imposing twin spires as you approach the church, a design almost unheard of in this part of the United States.

Take in the uplifting atmosphere as you walk inside this beautiful place of worship. The acoustic design of the cathedral makes listening to musical performances here a special experience. Notice the grand organ pipes on the balcony. Attend a concert by local choirs and other performances, which have a reputation for being deeply moving experiences.

View Renaissance-style murals as you walk through this stunning church. Many of these artworks were painted in New York in the early 20th century. Study universal symbols in the artworks, including the halo, an indication of holiness. The stained-glass windows, installed at the beginning of the 20th century, are one of the most beautiful features of the church.

Observe the rose window directly above the organ. Look for St. Cecilia, the patroness of music, in the center of this superb piece. The main altar is another draw of the church, weighing approximately 9,000 pounds (4,080 kilograms). The altar was carved in Italy from Carrara marble.

Find this impressive church in Savannah’s historic downtown district. Reach the church on foot or find street parking in the area. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist welcomes visitors of all faiths for weekend and holy day services. Check the official website for weekend Mass times and other special religious events.

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is a unique Georgian church and is famous for its imposing twin spires, exquisite stained-glass windows and beautiful interior artworks.

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TRYP by Wyndham Savannah Downtown/Historic District
TRYP by Wyndham Savannah Downtown/Historic District
4 out of 5
320 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA
The price is $110 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in Historic Downtown Savannah, this hotel is steps from Savannah History Museum and Savannah Visitor Center. Pulaski Square and Georgia State Railroad ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,846 reviews)
"We had a nice stay"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

TRYP by Wyndham Savannah Downtown/Historic District
The Desoto Savannah
The Desoto Savannah
4 out of 5
15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA
The price is $149 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Historic Downtown Savannah, this hotel is steps from Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Madison Square, and Lafayette Square. Sorrel Weed House and ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,380 reviews)
"I liked the parking in the garage ! The workers were really down to earth and polite . The music on the patio was nice . Would have been nice if had breakfast and microwave and or fridge In rooms . We had noisy people in room. Next door sound carried pretty bad . But it was taken care of when complained ..."

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

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Hyatt Regency Savannah
Hyatt Regency Savannah
4 out of 5
2 W Bay St, Savannah, GA
Fully refundable
The price is $135 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Located in Historic Downtown Savannah, this hotel is steps from Johnson Square and Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. Reynolds Square is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) away.
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,703 reviews)
"Everyone was friendly and helpful. The room was clean and spacious."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

Hyatt Regency Savannah
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TRYP by Wyndham Savannah Downtown/Historic District
TRYP by Wyndham Savannah Downtown/Historic District
4 out of 5
320 Montgomery St, Savannah, GA
The price is $110 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
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The Desoto Savannah
The Desoto Savannah
4 out of 5
15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA
The price is $149 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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Hyatt Regency Savannah
Hyatt Regency Savannah
4 out of 5
2 W Bay St, Savannah, GA
The price is $135 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Marriott Savannah Riverfront
Marriott Savannah Riverfront
4 out of 5
100 General Mcintosh Blvd, Savannah, GA
The price is $169 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
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Holiday Inn Express Historic District, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Historic District, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
199 E Bay St, Savannah, GA
The price is $164 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Holiday Inn Express Historic District, an IHG Hotel
Planters Inn on Reynolds Square
Planters Inn on Reynolds Square
3.5 out of 5
29 Abercorn St, Savannah, GA
The price is $143 per night from Nov 24 to Nov 24
Planters Inn on Reynolds Square
Kimpton Brice Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Kimpton Brice Hotel, an IHG Hotel
4 out of 5
601 East Bay Street, Savannah, GA
The price is $143 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Kimpton Brice Hotel, an IHG Hotel
Andaz Savannah - a concept by Hyatt
Andaz Savannah - a concept by Hyatt
4 out of 5
14 Barnard St, Savannah, GA
The price is $161 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 27
Andaz Savannah - a concept by Hyatt
Hampton Inn Savannah-Historic District
Hampton Inn Savannah-Historic District
2.5 out of 5
201 East Bay Street, Savannah, GA
The price is $151 per night from Nov 21 to Nov 21
Hampton Inn Savannah-Historic District
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