Tourist in Your Own Town: St. Louis – Concordia Seminary


Today’s installment of Be a Tourist in Your Own Town is an oldie but a goodie for our family. A visit to Concordia Seminary.

I know. A seminary may seem like an odd place to feature in my Tourist in Your Own Town series, but consider the source. We moved here to St. Louis five years ago to be…a seminary family. (Incidentally, not Concordia, but Covenant. Also incidentally, Craig finishes his second degree NEXT MONTH. And there will be much rejoicing…until the loan deferment wears off and we receive the gift of a steep monthly bill in the mail which will come for the rest of our natural lives. Ahem.)

Okay, so back to Concordia. We lived here for about 15 months when I learned that Concordia allows people to come tour their campus. We couldn’t resist.

For Whom the Bells Tolls

While the institution itself was established in 1839, the present location of the seminary came to be in 1927. It is in the heart of the Central West End of St. Louis which is just all kinds of amazing as you step out of the city and into the peace and serenity these 72 acres of landscaping and architectural wonder provide. It was almost enough to make us want to become Lutheran.

Concordia Courtyard, Side View

We’d heard a rumor before we went that sometimes Concordia students climb the statue of the great reformer himself and place a can of beer in his hands. We asked our tour guide about this. He offered no comment on that. We laughed quietly.

Here I Stand!

On your tour of the campus you can climb Luther Tower if you are so inclined (get it? inclined? It’s late…)

Down the Up Staircase

You can see the tower in the background of this photo:

Shadowed in front of Luther Tower

At the top of this tower you can see the 49-bell carillon that is still played today. More info
on this can be found here

More Bells

After you’ve accomplished this feat, you are given one of these “I Climbed Luther Tower” buttons.

Our Claim to Fame

I still have mine.

Concordia Seminary

All in all, not a bad way to spend an hour or two in the middle of St. Louis. I recommend it.



16 thoughts on “Tourist in Your Own Town: St. Louis – Concordia Seminary

  1. Mary Ostyn says:

    I grew up in St. Charles, and fondly remember visiting Concordia seminary with my dad, who was a Lutheran minister. I still have a Bible that he bought me at a used book sale there back in the 70’s. Thanks for the pictures and the memories.
    Mary, mom to many


  2. aubrey says:

    Jeff and I were just talking about when we went to Concordia. I went there once for their octoberfest. It was great – brats and beer!! And Jeff says he would go and use their library sometime. (I never did that.) If only I’d known we could have climbed Luther tower…


  3. Tonya says:

    Just discovered you’ll be at the SBS via a list on Twitter and thought I’d stop by to check out your blog. I love the Tourist in your Town posts! I do a Field Trip Friday meme on my blog, but it’s been a bit slow to catch on! We’re a full-time RV family, that homeschools on the road while traveling with my husbands job. I hope you’ll stop by! Good to meet you- I’ll see you in Denver! Blessings!:)


  4. Sandy says:

    That is really lovely. I lived in Missouri for six years (during and post Covenant years) and only went to the outskirts of Concordia. Now I really regret it.
    How come Covenant doesn’t have any statues? Not even Francis Schaeffer. He probably would have held a glass of red wine.


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