The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist is an iconic symbol of Savannah, Georgia, gracing the skyline with its towering steeples – a view valued by our residents and visitors alike.
No dogs or other animals are allowed in the Cathedral Basilica. Service Dogs must have certificates and papers.
We do not have a designated parking lot.
You may wear a mask in the Cathedral Basilica if you choose. It is not mandatory.
Touring the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist
The church is open for self-guided touring Monday-Saturday – 9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M and 12:45 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Please check the Calendar for changes to this schedule. The Cathedral is wheelchair accessible via an elevator on Harris St. All visitors must follow the directions given by church staff and volunteers.
A small donation of $3.00 per adult is appreciated.
The Cathedral is an active house of worship. Guided and self-guided tours are not allowed during Masses or other religious events. The church is closed for touring during funerals and weddings. The church is closed for touring on most Holy Days, such as Good Friday. Please check our Calendar for closings.
To arrange a Docent- Led Tour for a large group, please contact the Church Office (912) 233 -4709 or click here.
The church was dedicated on its current site on April 30, 1876. A fire in 1898 destroyed much of the structure. It was rebuilt quickly and re-opened in 1900. The Cathedral represents historically noteworthy architecture as well as over a century of faith and civic traditions in Savannah. The Cathedral is open to the community of Savannah as well as to hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The Cathedral remains in the top 10 historic sites to visit in the United States. Visitors continue to rate the Cathedral as, “a must see,” during their trips to Savannah.