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Cathedral Basilica of St John the Baptist

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Built in 1876, this French Gothic cathedral is the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah. The parish itself was established almost 100 years earlier by French emigres. A fire in the 1890s almost destroyed the church, but the walls and spires still remained. A long reconstruction ensued which was finally completed in 1912. The church is open for self-guided touring Monday-Saturday, 9 AM to 11:30 AM and 12:45 PM to 5 but check the website for current information. (Submitted by Cameron Gilliland)

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Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist was the first building in Georgia constructed of brick. It features 81 stained glass windows, 16 gargoyles, is 214 feet tall with a roof height of 96 feet, took over 90,000 copper nails and 45,000 slates to construct.