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Friday, May 04, 2007

Thursday afternoon...

In the afternoon, we went over to see the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. It was established in 1821 in Lafayette, Louisiana. It is the Cathedral church of the 121 parishes which constitute the Diocese of Lafayette. The large stained glass windows in the church depict events in the life of St. John the Evangelist, patron of the church. He is usually identifiable wearing a red cloak. In 1979 the church was placed on the National Register of Historic Properties. In 1989 the church was renovated with new marble floors, new pews and a new organ. The organ has 3,038 pipes ranging in size from 16 feet down to an eighth of an inch. The organ case contains the 16 foot montre and trompette de fete (trumpets) which can be seen from downstairs.
We found the church absolutely beautiful.
The Cathedral Cemetery has tombs which date back to the 1820's.

The aboveground vaults are a tradition in Louisiana
because of the high water table.


The Cathedral Oak is the mammoth oak tree to the right of the church. It was one of the charter members of the Live Oak Society and is now the Vice President, or one of the oldest members. That society was started in 1934. The Cathedral Oak is said to be one of the oldest in the United States and it is estimated to be almost 500 years old. The tree is approximately 125 high and has a spread of 210 feet. The large horizontal limb was computed by engineering consultants to weigh 72 tons.

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