Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Catholic Roots of St. Louis, "Rome of the West"

A painting of the coronation of St. Louis IX, King of France, hangs in the "Old Cathedral" in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. It is entitled "Louis IX Venerating the Relic of the Crown of Thorns," painted by Charles Coypel in 1751. It was purchased by Bishop Louis DuBourg in 1817 and later hung in a side chapel of what was then the St. Louis Cathedral, which is now the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, or the "Old Cathedral."

In the video, Catherine Szeltner shows us the rich Catholic history of the city known as "The Rome of the West."

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