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St. John's Cathedral

Step outside the lively center of town and into the tranquility of this beautiful cathedral to admire the stunning architecture and engage in peaceful reflection.

Visit St. John’s Cathedral, one of Portsmouth’s two cathedrals. Originally built in the 1880s, it remains an important building for the Catholic population of the area. It sustained serious damage in World War II, but has been fully repaired. St. John’s functions as the mother church of the diocese and serves a parish of 2 square miles (6 square kilometers).

Standing outside, notice the characteristic red bricks of this Victorian church. Look for the magnificent modern statue of St. John the Evangelist, which has only been present since 2010. Wander inside to view a larger variety of statues placed throughout the church. Gaze upward and admire many people’s favorite aspect of the church, the wooden vaulted ceiling.

Another feature worth noting is the stained-glass rose window, the only window not destroyed during a serious bombing in 1941. View this window over the organ. The other reconstructed windows are also very beautiful. Daylight glows through them, giving the space a warm and welcoming feeling. Sit quietly for a few minutes to contemplate or simply enjoy the tranquility.

Every day has at least one Mass. Some days, including Sundays, there are more. Join the people of Portsmouth in their worship by attending a ceremony and enjoy the strong musical tradition of this particular church.

If you drive, park behind the church, using the entrance on the south side. If you’re not traveling with a car, take the train to Portsmouth and Southsea Station and follow the signs to the cathedral. It will take you less than 10 minutes to walk here. The cathedral has a café, so relax with a meal or beverage while you’re here.

Near the cathedral is Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is the center of all of Portsmouth’s maritime attractions. Here, visit museums and historical navy ships, all just a 15-minute walk from the cathedral.

When you’re in Portsmouth, escape the crowds to visit the beautiful house of worship, St John’s Cathedral.


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