St. Louis Attracts Religious Travel Groups

St. Louis offers a large variety of activities and cultural attractions for all to enjoy. Religious travel groups can explore the city on many walking, bus and boat tours. Church groups are drawn to St. Louis by several well known religious sites.

Religious Attractions in St. Louis

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

The Cathedral Basilica combines Romanesque and Byzantine architectural styles into its design and houses one of the world’s largest mosaic collections with the artwork covering more than 83,000 square feet of the walls and domed ceiling. More than 41.5 million pieces of glass decorate the interior.

The Old Cathedral is the earliest church and first cathedral in St. Louis. The current structure is 165 years old and holds the tomb of the first bishop of St. Louis and countless religious artifacts. Mass is offered daily.

Christ Church Cathedral is one of the first Protestant churches west of the Mississippi River. Its interior is decorated with ornamental screens behind the intricately carved altars. A gorgeous garden rests alongside the church.

Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) is located at St. Louis University and is the world’s first interfaith museum of contemporary art. The museum strives to form connections between contemporary artists and world faith traditions to further interfaith understanding.

Altar of Answered Prayers at the Shrine of St. Joseph

Altar of Answered Prayers at the Shrine of St. Joseph

Shrine of St. Joseph originated in 1843 after the Jesuits founded the parish as a peaceful residential community. The church offers weekly Mass at 11 a.m. on Sundays and noon on the first Friday of every month. Special services include a St. Padre Pio Devotion and Rosary recited before 11 a.m. every second Sunday of each month and choir performance and Mass in Latin on every third Sunday of each month.

Popular Attractions in St. Louis

Missouri History Museum

Missouri History Museum

The Gateway Arch is a stainless steel masterpiece symbolizing what was the gateway to the West for thousands of pioneers in the 19th century. The Arch is 75 feet taller than the Washington Monument. At the base of the Arch, films can be viewed that focus on the construction of the Arch and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the United States, is a popular spot for not only jogging, picnicking and biking, but it also houses major cultural institutions. The Missouri History Museum allows visitors to explore the city’s development, history and future through its interactive galleries and exhibits.

St. Louis Art Museum houses over 30,000 pieces of artwork.

St. Louis Zoo, also located in Forest Park, has 18,300 animals, including penguins, chimpanzees and Asian elephants. If groups get tired of walking through the grounds they can hop on the railroad that travels throughout the zoo.

St. Louis Art Museum is located on Art Hill in Forest Park and houses over 30,000 pieces of artwork representing a wide variety of cultures and time periods. Collections include American, European, Asian, African and Indian. St. Louis Science Center, another Forest Park magnet, recently added a 13,000-square-foot exhibition hall. It offers hands-on exploration of aviation, ecology, medicine, space science and other fields.

Sightseeing Tours in St. Louis

Groups can take a cruise down the Mississippi River on the Tom Sawyer or Becky Thatcher, 19th century replica steamboats. Guests can choose from dinner, sightseeing, entertainment and private chartered cruises.

Take a boat tour down the Mississippi

Take a boat tour down the Mississippi

Two popular historic walking tours and several bus tours are available through St. Louis Walking Tours. The “Western Central Corridor of Downtown St. Louis” walking tour begins at Union Station and ends at the City Garden. Sites visited include City Hall, the Kiel Opera House and Christ Church Cathedral.

The “Eastern Central Corridor of Downtown St. Louis” tour begins at the fountain in Kiener Plaza and ends at the Mississippi River. Sites include The Old Cathedral, Gateway Arch and the burial site of Chief Pontiac.

The “French Colonial St. Louis” bus tour takes groups through the geographic parameters of the colonial village of St. Louis, from the Mississippi River to beyond Grand Avenue. It covers St. Louis history from 1764 until 1804. Sites include Sugar Loaf Mound and the Peoria Indian Village.

The “Downtown Renaissance” bus tour focuses on showcasing St. Louis as a world model of urban renaissance. This tour takes groups to numerous sites including the Campbell House Museum.

If your group has worked up an appetite from traveling around the city, hop on the “Tastes of St. Louis” bus tour and stop at local restaurants and shops to learn about their history and taste their flavors. Inform the tour guide what your taste buds are screaming for and the tour will be customized to satisfy your group’s cravings.


By Emily K. Weber