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Old Cathedral

The history of the Old Cathedral and the early history of the City of St. Louis are intertwined. The Old Cathedral Museum, located on the west side of the Cathedral, contains many artifacts and relics from the early days of the Catholic Church in St. Louis and also historical information. When Pierre Liguest Laclede and his First Lieutenant Auguste Chouteau founded the City of St. Louis in 1764, Laclede dedicated the square just west of where he built his home, to church and graveyard purposes. The first Catholic Church in St. Louis built on this site, was a small log house built in 1770. St. Louis IX, King of France, is the Patron Saint of the City and of the Church. In 1776, the mission of St. Louis became a canonical parish and the second log cabin church was built. Its bell, the gift of Lieutenant Governor Don Piernos and enriched by 200 Spanish silver dollars in its casting, can be seen today in the Old Cathedral Museum.

Location: Memorial and Walnut streets, St Louis MissouriTelephone 314-231-3250

Other History nearby:
(Alton) Alton Confederate Prison
(Alton) Alton Museum of History and Art
(Stanton) Antique Toy Museum
(St Louis) Carondelet Historic Center
(St Louis) City Museum
(St Charles) Confederate Air Force Missouri Wing

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