Windows to Our Past: the Stained Glass Windows of the Basilica Cathedral of St.John the Baptist

Creator(s): Basilica Museum

The Construction of the Cathedral and the Community of St. John's, Newfoundland

A highlight of any visit to the Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador is a tour of the 66 beautiful stained glass windows. Like the Basilica Cathedral itself, the windows represent the tireless effort and generosity of the people of the community of St. John's over 150 years. The entire community of St. John's and outports, Irish and others, Catholic and Protestant, helped to build the massive cathedral, one of the largest buildings of its kind in North America.

When the Cathedral was completed and consecrated in 1855, furnishings and decorations were sparse, but over the following century stained glass windows were gradually donated by various individuals and community groups.

Through this Community Stories exhibit, the showcased works of art chronicle not only the embellishment of the Basilica Cathedral but also the success of the people and organizations that sponsored them.

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