Cathedral of Saint John and Saint Finbar

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Cathedral of Saint John and Saint Finbar
Cathedral of Saint John and Saint Finbar.jpg
The Cathedral
Basic information
Location Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Geographic coordinates 32°46′35″N 79°56′4″W / 32.77639°N 79.93444°W / 32.77639; -79.93444Coordinates: 32°46′35″N 79°56′4″W / 32.77639°N 79.93444°W / 32.77639; -79.93444
Affiliation Roman Catholic
District Diocese of Charleston
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Cathedral
Architectural description
Architect(s) Patrick C. Keely
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Completed 1854
Construction cost $103,000
Specifications
Direction of façade South
Capacity 1,200
Length 156 ft (48 m)
Width 72 ft (22 m)
Width (nave) 72 ft (22 m)
Height (max) 216 ft (66 m)
Spire(s) 1
Spire height 216 ft (66 m)

The Cathedral of St. John and St. Finbar was the first Roman Catholic cathedral in Charleston, South Carolina. Begun in 1850 and consecrated on April 6, 1854, it was destroyed on December 11, 1861, in a fire that ravaged much of Charleston. A new cathedral—the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, built on the same site-was started on in 1890. It opened in 1907 and was completed in 2010.

Cathedral of St. John and St. Finbar after the Great Fire of 1861

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