Day Trips: St. Anthony's Cathedral, Beaumont

A beautiful basilica in Beaumont

Day Trips: St. Anthony's Cathedral, Beaumont
photos by Gerald E. McLeod

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica is a work of art both inside and out. The copper dome of the church towers over the southwest corner of downtown Beaumont like a red brick wedding cake.

Day Trips: St. Anthony's Cathedral, Beaumont

Construction on the church began in 1903 and was completed four years later. In 1966, the ministry was elevated to a cathedral, the home seat of the bishop of the Beaumont diocese. Over the years, the church has been remodeled several times, enriching it to a symphony of polished wood, inlaid tiles, and colorful stained glass.

Modeled after the 13th century Basilica of San Clemente in Rome, St. Anthony's has the look and feel of the ancient churches. The towering concave ceilings above the altar are opulent. The main aisle leading from the front door to the red velvet bishop's chair has vine-framed mosaics depicting eight virtues, ending with the most important of all: charity.

Day Trips: St. Anthony's Cathedral, Beaumont

There are four major Catholic basilicas (all in Rome) and 1,609 minor basilicas, with 79 in the U.S. and three in Texas. Texas is also home to seven of the 193 cathedrals in the U.S.

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica is at 700 Jefferson Street in Beaumont. The public is welcome to view the sanctuary on weekdays from 9am-4pm, Saturdays from 3-3:30pm, and Sundays from 9am-2pm, except during services. The church has published a brochure that details the art in the cathedral. Guided tours are available by appointment by calling 409/833-6433.

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