This Acrylic Fridge Magnet Shows the Lovely St. Francis Xavier Chapel in St. Louis University
Located on the campus of St. Louis University, St. Francis Xavier Chapel is the spiritual and architectural heart of the university. It is build in a Neo-Gothic style with a single spire and a lovely rose window in its facade; this "unbalanced" style (with the spire to the side) was common in the Neo-Gothic, which eschewed the harmonious balance of the earlier Neoclassical style. The University was founded by the Roman Catholic Jesuit Order in 1818 and is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. This is due to the fact that St. Louis itself is one of the oldest Euro-American settlements on the western bank of the River and was originally founded by (not-coincidentally, Catholic) French colonists. While the area was sold to the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase, Catholicism has always been the city's dominant faith.
Things to Do and See In and Around St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis is known as the Gateway to the West and has long served to connect the eastern and western halves of the United States. The city captures some of this spirit: its older sections have the historic feel of east-coast towns, yet it is firmly planted on the west bank. The city's most famous destination, and its most popular tourist souvenir icon, is the Gateway Arch. Constructed in the 1960s to commemorate the Louisiana Purchase and the nation's westward march, it sits on the banks of the Mississippi. Visitors can take aerial trams up to the top of the Arch and view the city below them, as well as Illinois across the river. Other popular activities in the city include sports events (including the Cardinals baseball team and the Rams football team), art museums and the area's rich musical heritage.