The Gateway Arch is easily the most recognizable St. Louis Attraction. The 630-foot tall monument stands as a tribute to President Thomas Jefferson and his vision of a continental United States. Take a tram ride to the top for a bird’s-eye view of the Mississippi River or watch “Monument to the Dream,” a documentary that tells the story of the Arch from concept through construction. Then visit the Museum of Westward Expansion which showcases a decade-by-decade look at the move west along with a Lewis & Clark trail photographic mural.
Dedicated in 1834, the 179 year old Basilica of St. Louis, King of France was the first cathedral west of the Mississippi River and until 1845 the only parish church in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. It is one of two Catholic basilicas in St. Louis, and it is named for King Louis IX of France, also the namesake for the city of St. Louis.
It is located near the historic riverfront of St. Louis, surrounded by but not a part of the Gateway Arch grounds. Because of the historical significance of the church, it was left intact while all neighboring buildings were demolished to make way for the Gateway Arch.
Built from 1839-1862, this very old St. Louis Attraction is the courthouse where the Dred Scott slavery trials were considered the flashpoint for the start of the Civil War. Begun in 1847, the case focused national attention on the slavery issue. Copies of court records, period newspaper articles and other artifacts of the case are on display in the second floor rotunda gallery, and groups can participate in trial re-enactments in one of the restored courtrooms. The building’s five museum galleries depict St. Louis’ role in the famous trial and in America’s westward expansion.
Framed by office towers and surrounded by the hustle and bustle of downtown, Citygarden is one of the newest St. Louis Attractions. The 2.9-acre park, which incorporates a unique design of water, stone, architecture and 24 pieces of modern sculpture by renowned artists, offers a uniquely beautiful gathering place. Its hardscape was inspired by the area’s great rivers and includes three unique water features – a 180-foot rectangular basin with a six-foot waterfall; 34-foot-diameter tilted granite disc partially covered by a scrim of water; and a state-of-the-art spray plaza with more than 100 computer-controlled spray jets and custom lighting.
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