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Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church

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Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church is one of the best examples of an Early Christian Basilica-inspired church in St. Louis. It sits in that belt of tan brick churches the Archdiocese built in the early decades of the Twentieth Century.

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It has a broad arcaded narthex in the front, with a set back nave with clerestory windows.

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It reminds me of the rebuilt church of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, which was originally built in the time of the Emperor Constantine.

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It’s not really Romanesque Revival per se, but it’s the closest to that style, itself influenced by Roman architecture.

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The towering campanile, set off to the side as is common in Italian churches, soars above the church.

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The interior, which can be seen at the church’s website, possesses a flat, coffered ceiling, as is common in Early Christian basilicas.

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The school next door was clearly built at the same time, with more of that rich, warm red terracotta contrasting with the tan brick.

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The church is a beacon with its tall campanile dominating the view of the streets around the neighborhood.

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2 Comments

  1. The church I grew up going to! It always seemed like something out of place and time to me. Thanks for featuring it.

    • It’s certainly beautiful on the inside as well, but there was a mass going on, so I did not photograph the interior.

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