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Mosaic Art - At the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

Updated on November 25, 2014
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Mosaic art - Moses

Moses
Moses | Source

How the Tiles are to be laid out.

Notice the room for arches, inside the cathedral.
Notice the room for arches, inside the cathedral. | Source

Steps of a Mosaic

Part of a mosaic in process, in the museum below the basilica.
Part of a mosaic in process, in the museum below the basilica. | Source

Italian Mosaic - Angels

I love this one, with the mosaic in a pillar and above.  I like the tree in the background and the very subdued colors.
I love this one, with the mosaic in a pillar and above. I like the tree in the background and the very subdued colors. | Source

I Love Mosaic Art

Mosaic Art from the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

I have just returned from a trip to see some of the most amazing art I have ever seen before. I went to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis in Missouri. It is said that there is a collection there of mosaic art, only second to that of Italy. It is a massive amount of gorgeous mosaic art.

Mosaic Art

This particular mosaic art was interesting to hear about. It is quite a tedious process, and each tiny little piece ends up being a "sandwich" of glass, so to speak. There are three layers in each piece. First, a thin layer of glass, then the tile or gold leaf that makes up the middle or color part, and the last thin layer of glass on top.

I share a photo here of how the artists map out an example of where they will end up putting the tiles. I thought that was rather interesting, and made sense once I saw it. A very key part of the process.

After adhering it in a very particular pattern on the wall, they tap on the piece to give it a slightly "off" feel to it. You don't want each piece to look like the one right next to it, and it will catch the light a bit differently, for example. When you look closely at mosaics, you can find this to be true, and its part of what makes them so utterly beautiful.

They had every color imaginable represented there, and different styles as well, including Italian, which was less vibrant yet more pastel than the other styles of mosaic. Our docent showed us an example of the color of blue, where she pointed out several shades and hues of blues in one area. It was so gorgeous.

Shown here are mosaics taken all from one location, but at different distances. Some will be more of a close up shot, where you can see the pieces rather distinctly. Some will be farther away, yet you can still tell a mosaic. Yet others, will appear to be paintings, and they are just stunning.

Parts of this cathedral and the mosaics within are further than 14 stories away, from top to bottom. While I didn't have a tripod with me, and I was trying to be rather quick, you will see that there is a bit of blurring going on, but you can get the idea.

Visit the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

It is very worth going to visit any place that has mosaic art, as it is so beautiful. One source said that this is the biggest collection of mosaic art in the world, but as I shared before it makes more sense what our tour guide said, that it is likely the second. There is an article written in a newspaper long ago, and it said, "The Rome of the West." This might be a stretch, but I share it with you that you might get a feel for just how amazing it is.

I have never seen anything quite like this before.

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Italian Mosaic Art

Notice the more subdued colors in this beautiful Italian Mosaic art piece.
Notice the more subdued colors in this beautiful Italian Mosaic art piece. | Source
One of the beautiful angels
One of the beautiful angels | Source

Bird and Flowers Mosaic

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There were arches after arches of mosaic art

I love all the colors and art
I love all the colors and art | Source

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Natashalh, I can see why you love the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica! It was my first time seeing it actually. I am so happy to share so that others can get a feel for the amazing beauty there.

      I am glad for your visit, votes and comment here, thank you so much! Have a nice day.

      To Cebutouristspot, Yes, you are right, it was a very breathtaking site for sure! I am happy you stopped by and left a comment, thank you!

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      I bet it was a breathtaking site :) Thanks for sharing

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I love the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica! I have been there twice, but I don't think any of my photos came out. Thanks for sharing these great pictures and reminding me of an absolutely beautiful place I have not visited in several years. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Phdast, thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed it! I am so happy to share it, as I just love art and mosaics. It was such a pretty place, and I thought it needed to be shared.

      I really appreciate you taking the time to view and read my hub. Have a great evening.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Absolutely fabulous Hub. Great text and incredible pictures. Thank you for SHARING this with us. :)

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Seeker, thank you very much for your visit, votes and comment. I really appreciate it. I am glad you like the angels one, I love the angels also. To me, it is so impressive that they did this.

      Hello Mary, yes I am sure that if you have done mosaic art, that you know just how difficult it is! I can't imagine doing all that work and getting such outstanding results as these artists. Thanks so much for your kind words and visit. I appreciate it as always. :)

      Hello Anglnwu, thank you so much, I think the artists did an amazing job on it all. To see it in person is simply amazing. Thanks for taking the time to view the hub and comment, I appreciate it so much.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      These are gorgeous. I can only imagine how much work went into making these materpieces. Love it and thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Good Morning. As always, this Hub is outstanding! This art work is truly amazing. I've done mosaic tile pieces and I know just the time and work that required. I can't imagine these huge pieces of artwork done in mosaic tiles. I voted this Hub UP etc.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Very beautiful hub! I love the 'Angels' mosaic as well - this is a stunning piece of art. I think what fascinates me as well, is all the planning and work that must go into these beautiful art works to complete them - it's awesome!

      Vote dup + beautiful + interesting!

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Phoenix, thank you very much for your kind words! I really appreciate your visit and comment. The mosaics were truly beautiful and it was fun to try to capture them with the camera.

      Hi Pamela, Thank you so much. I wonder also about the amount of hard work and how many hours went into creating such beauty. Especially up high where the domes in the top were. It makes me respect the work and art all the more.

      I am so glad you enjoyed the hub, and I appreciate you stopping by. :) Have a great day.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Your pictures are beautiful and I would love to visit that cathedral. I can't imagine how many hours it would take to do that tedious type of art, but the end result is certainly a thing of beauty. I really enjoyed your hub.

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      PhoenixV 5 years ago from USA

      Truly wonderful photography!

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello RTalloni, I am so happy to share it, and seriously, I was in awe, and will probably have a "neck ache" later on. I kept finding myself saying, "wow" real quietly but out loud, lol. These artists are amazing, and it is for all to enjoy which makes me so happy. I am happy you stopped by and left a comment, thank you. :)

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Peggy, I am so glad you like it also, I think this mosaic art is gorgeous too! You do have to go there when you come back to Saint Louis, its like a treasure right there on one of the busy streets I never knew of before.

      Thank you so much for your comment and rates and visit. :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for this look at Rome in Missouri! Who could have guessed such a thing?!

      The creativity possibly with mosaic work is amazing and these photos prove it. Thanks for sharing your visit to the cathedral's art with us.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh my gosh...this is GORGEOUS! If I ever go back to St. Louis I hope to visit this cathedral and see these mosaics in person. Thanks so very much for showing them to us via this interesting, useful and beautiful hub. Voted that and sharing!