Take Me to Church! The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

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Take Me to Church! The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.

There is something about historical churches that makes your presence there even more meaningful.


The Basilica of Saint Louis is one of the landmarks of Saint Louis. The cathedral is famous for being named after King Louis IX of France, namesake of the city and only King of France to ever be canonized and considered as a saint. Saint Louis was notorious for his religious devotion during his rule. To find out more about his life and the events that led him to be canonized, click here. The rest of us, let’s proceed into the church.


I found it very practical for me to visit the cathedral immediately after mass, which a lot of people do. While visitors are invited to take pictures after the Sunday service, no sightseeing tours are allowed during or immediately after mass.



The Cathedral is also known for its large mosaic installation (which contains 41.5 million glass tesserae pieces in more than 7,000 colors). The mosaic is said to be the “largest mosaic in the Western Hemisphere”. 


Construction of this cathedral began in 1907, and was completed in 1914 (the start of the first world war).

One of the peculiarities of the mosaics inside the cathedral is the fact that they were designed by different architects and they also have different meanings. For instance, the narthex of the church illustrates key moments in the life of King Louis IX of France. The rear dome includes mosaics of significant archdiocesan events, while the main dome by represents selected Biblical scenes from both the Old and the New Testaments.


Mosaic from the Narthex: Saint Louis returns to Paris with the Crown of Thorns.


Enter Mosaic from the Narthex: Saint Louis founds the Sorbonne.


Mosaic from the Narthex: Saint Louis ruling his subjects.

There are sections in the church that are reserved for special prayers and in which no pictures are allowed.  The Blessed Sacrament is one of them.



Here are some other great shots of the Basilica of Saint Louis.


If you’re interested in going there for Sunday service, this information will certainly be useful.



In a way, the cathedral was designed to reflect and illustrate St Louis’ love for architecture and art.


I loved this building. And I think anyone visiting St Louis should take some time to stop by.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
― Henry Miller

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Don’t be Stuck Up When You Travel: Be Fun! The St Louis Science Center Experiment!

The more we grow as adults, the more we are expected to take ourselves seriously. This is an inevitable fact of life. In fact, it is implied in the very definition of “adultness” ( I don’t know if this is a real world, and I choose not to look it up to find out).  People seldom believe me when I tell them how serious and stuck up I was until this amazing thing happened to me.

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But anyways.. when I went to the St Louis Science Center, I totally felt out of place by how “overage” I seemed to be for all the attractions. And though there were adults there, those were parents who had come to bring their kids their kids to that intellectually stimulating place, and nothing more. So, they had a reason to be there and it seemed like I didn’t. So whilst the “adult” in me contemplated leaving this “happy-kids” place, I thought about the philosophy I’ve been trying to live by: “Carpe Diem” (which means “seize the day”), and I said “Effe That. I’m going to be a kid for the day!”

So I decided to….

1. Dress the Part


The best way to “be” a character is to “embody” that character (ask anyone who did acting or art, they’ll tell y’all). But think about it: being in character makes you less inhibited to do the things that your character does. Plus, I got so many great reviews from this face painting that I kept it for the entire day. You can see me wearing it again at my Escape to the Saint Louis Contemporary Art Museum.

2. Now… Play the Part

Welcome to the Energizer Machine! Running forward on the treadmill creates a momentum that propels a tennis-size ball upwards in the system, and the ball in turns moves all other components of the system without you even realizing it.

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Clearly, as you can see, I was the most entertaining kid there:)

3. Be Open Minded

It’s always great to know how many little random things you can learn from places like these. For instance, though I knew that there are different types of energy, I didn’t really know how much energy a joule was, practically speaking. I also finally found out little random interesting things such as how light goes from a power plant to your house, or how rollercoasters use energy. Now I can brag about knowing the latter random fact.


4. Discover: Science is for Everyone 

This goes hand in hand with being open minded. Unless you get into a mindset that is conducive to learning and open to new experiences, you won’t learn and you won’t grow!! Regarding this random fact on farming, I thought female labor was difficult – but then I felt “oh, poor chicken”.

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5. Jump in for the Live Demos!

A great way to enhance your experience at the St Louis Science Center is to participate in a live demo. Luckily I was able to catch one before making my exit. Call me uninformed, but I did not know that water could boil when exposed to HOT as well as COLD temperatures.

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Being so involved in medicine has sheltered me to some interesting aspects of science.

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Every age is a good age to learn, and the more open-minded you are, the more you get to discover things. So don’t be stuck up when you travel! Dress the part, play the part and enjoy the experience!

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
― Augustine of Hippo

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5 Life Lessons That You Can Learn from the Gateway Arch (St Louis, Missouri)

Welcome to the World’s Tallest Arch and the Tallest man-made Building in the Western Hemisphere!

If we choose to look at things differently, we see different things.

And while I am pondering on how fortunate I am to have visited the St Louis, Missouri Arch recently, I instantly reflected on what other meanings this arch could have, and how the importance of a symbolic, 630-foot (192 m), stainless steel monument could be applied in different areas of one’s life!

So here are 5 lessons we can all learn from The St Louis Arch.

Lesson 1: If It’s Worth It, You Have to Work For It

So many things in this world make us prone to consciously (and unconsciously) seeking instant gratification. We are occasionally forgetting the values of perseverance, endurance and simply, grit. This is so prevalent that we tend to give up, even on things that are worth it.

Looking back into history, the bidding process for the St Louis arch started on December 20, 1961, then was postponed to January 22, 1962. Building of the arch itself didn’t start until a year later, in February 12, 1963.

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Sometimes, you’re plans get delayed, rearranged and reshuffled. But if it’s really worth it, you keep working on it.

Find out more about The St Louis Arch here.

Lesson 2: The Journey is Molding you for the Destination

I used to believe that being at a place was important, until I realized that “getting there” was the most important thing. And if someone had told me that the journey was more important than the destination, I don’t know if I would have believed them. But be it as it may, I am here now: at the point where I understand that the journey is more important than the destination, and when you get to the destination, you feel compelled to start a new journey. Life is not meant to be static, we have to constantly be moving. So you have to enjoy and live your life while you’re on you journey to get to your final destination.  Allow the experiences to teach you, transform you, mold you, and build you for your destination.

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Lesson 3: There are Always (at least) Two Sides to a Story 

We could leave this here, and you’d still understand what this means. But for the sake of this article, let’s develop.

Sometimes, we fail to see other perspectives because we are so stuck in our own ways of seeing/doing/understanding things. But traveling has an amazing way of opening your mind to so many things that it never leaves you the same. You learn to see things in a different way. For instance, I would have never looked at this magnificent arch as a source of 5 key life lessons. So remember, there are always “at least” two sides to a story. And there is no need to pick sides. Embrace them all.

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Find out more about The St Louis Arch here.

Lesson 4: Life is a Story of Transitions. You’re always moving, from One Point to the Next.

Look at The Arch. It is intrinsically meant to take you from one side to the other (and for the historical purposes, it was built as a monument for the westward expansion of the USA). And so, people passing under the arch were always moving. And so are phases in our life. We always have to be moving, growing, learning, discovering. This is the essence of progress. So do not allow yourself to be stagnant. Keep growing. Keep moving, especially intellectually.

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Find out more about The Arch here.

Lesson 5: Always Do Your Best. You never Know when Your Chef D’Oeuvre will Turn into  a MasterPiece. 

When the Finnish – American designer Eero Saarinen submitted his idea for the St Louis Arch in 1947, I doubt he knew this was going to be the tallest man-made building in the Western Hemisphere. When workers started construction in 1963 and tirelessly dedicated their time and energy to this building for 2 years, they probably had no clue this was going to be world’s tallest arch and Missouri’s tallest accessible building. But here we are. Whatever you put your mind to, do it at your best. You never know when your chef d’oeuvre is going to turn into a masterpiece.

Find out more about The St Louis Arch here.

Have you been to St Louis, Missouri? Have you visited the Arch? What were your thoughts on it?

Drop a comment below if you feel inspired by these words, or if you’ like to share your own. ☺️

PS: to find out more about how I got that “super cool and totally unplanned face painting tattoo” on pic #5, subscribe to see my post: Quick Guide: Don’t be Stuck Up When You Travel: Be Fun! The St Louis Science Center Experiment! .

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”

 Ibn Battuta

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