Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

222 E Harris St Savannah

Historic Churches of Savannah/Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist has a wonderful story to tell. In Savannah, the colonial charter prohibited Roman Catholics from settling the city because of a fear that they would become more loyal to the Spanish authorities and less to the English government in Georgia. Despite this obstacle, the church was reorganized in 1796 after the American Revolution. French Catholics, after a rebellion in Haiti, established the first church in 1799. The construction and completion took almost a century that ended up destroyed by fire in 1898.

The congregation didn’t give up after so many obstacles. In fact, they quickly rebuilt the cathedral in 1899 and they were able to celebrate Christmas Mass. This is a great example of perseveration. They never lost faith in this place and they worked hard to create what became their temple and also their home. The structure wasn’t entirely completed at the time. The interior decoration took thirteen more years. The parish undertook the renovation projects between 1959 and 1965. A new roof was installed around 2000 and the color palette changed as well. The interior is definitely astonishing and is worth to visit, especially after understating what their heritage is.

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Historic Churches of Savannah

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

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