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St. John the Evangelist Cathedral

St. John the Evangelist Cathedral Review

This cathedral, completed in 1916 (construction began in 1912), is a Dutch Romanesque structure with Byzantine touches. Union troops camped on the grounds during the Civil War. In the cemetery behind the church are aboveground tombs that date back to 1820; interred here are town founder Jean Mouton, Civil War hero General Alfred Mouton, General Alfred Gardiner, and Cidalese Arceneaux. Next to the cathedral is a nearly 500-year-old St. John Oak, one of the charter members of the silent but leafy Louisiana Live Oak Society. Call two weeks in advance to schedule a tour.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 515 Cathedral St., Lafayette, LA 70501 | Map It
  • Phone: 337/232–1322
  • Hours: Museum: Mon.–Thurs. 9–noon and 1–4; Fri. 9–noon
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  • Location: Lafayette
Updated: 05-07-2013

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