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.
As of July 27, 2021, the City of Savannah’s mask mandate requires everyone, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, to wear a mask indoors when not with your immediate family. The mask mandate is in effect in city government facilities, early childhood facilities, hospitals, and transportation – including guided tours. You may wear a mask in the Cathedral Basilica if you choose. It is not mandatory in the Cathedral at this time.
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. – 5:00 P.M. Please check the Calendar for changes to this schedule. The Cathedral is wheelchair accessible via an elevator on Harris St.
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 you or your 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.