St. John’s Spires

Magnificent Gothic Cathedral in Savannah

This magnificent Gothic cathedral with its twin spires is one of Savannah’s most noted landmarks. It is also the oldest Roman Catholic church in Georgia and the seat of the Diocese of Savannah. The parish organized in the late 1700s and erected its first church on Liberty Street. It wasn’t until 1876 that the cathedral was built; tragically, it was destroyed by fire 20 years later. When the cathedral was rebuilt, the original designs were used. One of the cathedral’s most striking features is its stained glass. Most of it was executed by Innsbruck Glassmakers in Austrian Tyrol and installed around 1900. Other features include an Italian marble altar, the stations of the cross (which were imported from Munich), and the coat of arms of Pope John XXIII. The building just underwent a massive restoration, indoors and out, and is now fully open in its restored glory.