Putting the “Saint” in St. Louis

Since it’s Easter weekend, I thought I’d share a quirky little thing I found when prowling around one of my favorite neighborhoods in St. Louis. You have to understand, there’s a lot of religion in The ‘Lou, particularly Catholic. It seems like there’s a huge, gorgeous church on every other corner. People have devotionals and grottos in their gardens and yards. Catholic schools are everywhere. If you want to sell your house, everyone knows you must bury your St. Joseph statue upside down in your front yard. But, for all that everyone is loud and proud with their religious affiliations here, this still struck me as both funny and very much “St. Louis.”

Statue of the Virgin Mary high up on a roof in Souland, St. Louis MO

Yup, that’s a statue of the Virgin Mary, nestled high up on the roof of the old buildings! She’s probably three stories up, watching down over the streets.

More pictures after the jump…

The Soulard neighborhood alone has some beautiful churches, adding to the gorgeous, historical skyline…

Another Catholic church in Soulard, St. Louis, MO

One of the most stunning is Sts. Peter & Paul’s. The sand-colored stone and old black windows, doors, and moldings are striking and gothic. These are some of my favorite windows.

Window detail in St. Peter & Paul catholic church, Soulard, St. Louis, MO

Window detail in St. Peter & Paul catholic church, Soulard, St. Louis, MO

And, of course, the tower spire to the sky…

Detail of the spire, on St. Peter & Paul catholic church, Soulard, St. Louis, MO

I’m not gonna lie…it was raining the day I took these and cold. I was driving a good portion of the trip. For me to get a full picture of this massive church, I would have had to walk a good distance away, in the way, with my camera and I didn’t want to. I’ll go down and get a picture another day. LOL

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