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Places of Worship Tour of Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City
Places of Worship Tour of Salt Lake City
Guide Location: USA » Salt Lake City
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
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Author: tamara
This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "City Maps and Walks (470+ Cities)" in iTunes and the Android app "Salt Lake City Map and Walks" in Google Play.
Salt Lake City is home to the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and so has many Mormon religious buildings. However, many other religious denominations are represented in Salt Lake City. Take this tour to visit Salt Lake City's beautiful and varied places of worship.
Tour Stops and Attractions
Salt Lake Temple
1) Salt Lake Temple
Salt Lake Temple is the largest and best-known temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake Temple is the centerpiece of the 10-acre Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Although there are no public tours inside the temple (because it is considered sacred by the church and its members), the temple grounds are open to the public and are a popular tourist attraction. Due to its location at LDS Church headquarters and its historical significance, it is visited by Latter-day Saints from many parts of the world. The temple is intended to evoke the Temple of Solomon at Jerusalem. It is oriented towards Jerusalem, and the large basin used as a baptismal font is mounted on the backs of twelve oxen as was the brazen sea in Solomon's Temple. The temple site was dedicated on February 14, 1853. President Woodruff dedicated the temple on April 6, 1893, exactly forty years after the cornerstone was laid.
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Cathedral of the Madeleine
2) Cathedral of the Madeleine
The Cathedral of the Madeleine is a Roman Catholic church in Salt Lake City. It was completed in 1909, and currently serves as the cathedral, or mother church, of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. The cathedral was built under the direction of Lawrence Scanlan, first bishop of Salt Lake. It was designed by architects Carl M. Neuhausen and Bernard O. Mecklenburg. The outside is predominantly a Neo-Romanesque design, while the inside tends more toward the Neo-Gothic. Construction began in 1900 and was completed in 1909.

The interior of the cathedral was created under the direction of Joseph S. Glass, the second bishop of Salt Lake. John Theodore Comes, one of the preeminent architects in the country, decorated the interior of the cathedral. His plans for the interior were largely based upon the Spanish Gothic style. The colorful murals and polychrome were added at this time, as were the ornate shrines.

In the 1970s, the exterior of the building was restored, and between 1991 and 1993, the interior of the Cathedral was renovated and restored under Bishop William K. Weigand. This included changes to the liturgical elements of the cathedral to bring them into conformity with certain widespread changes in liturgical practice that developed after the Second Vatican Council. This included building a new altar, moving the bishop's chair, providing a separate chapel for the Blessed Sacrament, and adding a more ample baptismal font.

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First Presbyterian Church
3) First Presbyterian Church
Sheldon Jackson pushed for building First Presbyterian Church and enlisted architect Walter Ware to design it. The building was constructed of dark red sandstone in the Gothic Revival style. The church receives a great deal of natural light, due to its high vaulted ceiling and fabulous stained glass windows. Gargoyles, as well as carved leaves, flowers and birds decorate both the interior and exterior of the church. The church is also famous for its well-preserved 1920s pipe organ.
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Salt Lake Masonic Temple
4) Salt Lake Masonic Temple
The Salt Lake Masonic Temple is the Masonic headquarters for Utah. It was completed in 1927, and is located in the South Temple Historic District. The Salt Lake Masonic Temple consists of several Lodge rooms, greater and lesser Halls, numerous lounges, a banquet hall, an auditorium, a library and administrative offices. The building remains in continual use since it opened in 1927 and is maintained and operated by the Salt Lake Masonic Temple Association.

The primary function of the building is the performance of the various rituals of the several Masonic organizations. The decision to build the Salt Lake Masonic Temple took shape in the fall of 1920 as the Masonic population in Salt Lake City had out grown the existing Temple. By 1925 the plans had been completed, the land was purchased, and the interior furnishings arranged.

The Salt Lake Masonic Temple has been considered Salt Lake’s best example of Egyptian Revival architecture because the Egyptian style was the height of fashion at the time and it ensure a unique Masonic experience, providing ample opportunity to incorporate Masonic symbols without disclosing their presences or disrupting the visual harmony of the edifice. The exterior of the Temple is composed of "Temple Brick", a brick face specifically designed for the Salt Lake Masonic Temple, that subsequently became a popular decorative architectural element. The main entrance is approached by a stair case which is flanked by two Sphinx. Each Sphinx holds a single sphere, one celestial, one terrestrial, and each is arranged to contemplate its sphere.

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Mount Tabor Lutheran Church
5) Mount Tabor Lutheran Church
Mount Tabor Church in Salt Lake City is an eye-catching, round structure. Plans for building the church began in 1902. A Lutheran church from Denmark raised money for missionary work overseas, and in 1907 sent missionaries to Utah. Among the missionaries was Harold Jensen, who oversaw construction of Mount Tabor Lutheran Church on the corner of 1st Avenue and E Street. The original structure still remains at this location, although it no longer serves as a church. The growing congregation transferred in 1960 to the current Mount Tabor Lutheran Church. A member of the church, Charles D. Peterson, designed the new "round church." The church was dedicated in 1965. It is a great example of 1960s new wave style in religious architecture.
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Former First Church of Christ Scientist
6) Former First Church of Christ Scientist
The former First Church of Christ Scientist, located in Salt Lake City, is a historic structure that on July 30, 1976, was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It was organized on July 17, 1891, and was the first Christian Science church in Utah. The church building, designed by local architect, Walter E. Ware, in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, was built in 1898 of brick and Utah Kyune sandstone. After being completely paid for, it was dedicated on November 27, 1898.

First Church of Christ, Scientist, is no longer listed as a Christian Science Church in the Christian Science Journal. After being used for a time by Anthony's Fine Art and Antiques, the building is once again being used as a church: Iglesia La Luz del Mundo.

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First United Methodist Church
7) First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church was founded in 1870. It was designed by Frederick Albert Hale in the Victorian Eclectic architectural style. It is characterized by round arches, semi-circular arches on the windows and belt courses. In 1906 the exterior of the building was renovated by the same architect in the more traditional Gothic design. The interior has an "auditorium" style of design, which is very uncommon in churches.
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St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
8) St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral located in Salt Lake City, is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Utah in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. Built in 1871, it is the third oldest Episcopal Cathedral in the United States and the oldest continuously used worship building in Utah. It was designed by noted architect, Richard Upjohn, in the Gothic Revival style. On September 22, 1970, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The original cornerstone was laid in 1870 under the supervision of Bishop Daniel Sylvester Tuttle with funding from Episcopalians in New York and Pennsylvania. The Cathedral was consecrated on May 14, 1874. A fire in 1935 gutted the sanctuary, but the church was rebuilt following the original design. The early Episcopal Church left its mark in the community such that by 1880, members of the church had established Saint Mark's School for Boys, Rowland Hall School for Girls, and Saint Mark's Hospital.

In addition the Cathedral is often used for musical events and the Cathedral hall has been used for many Civic events over the years.In 2005 construction began on a new Cathedral Center that opened in early 2007. This space includes the Dean's hall that provides a meeting and dining area for up to 300 people. There are also offices, meeting and other space that serve the Cathedral and community that it reaches out to in many ways.

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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
9) Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Holy Trinity Cathedral is a Greek Orthodox church built from 1923 to 1925. The current building has undergone numerous renovations and expansions. It was designed in the Byzantine style with a square floor plan and spherical dome. Its windows filter light through thin sheets of alabaster to softly illuminate the interior. In 1968, Archbishop Iakovos from Greece visited the church, and the church officially became a cathedral. Today the church serves as a place of worship and houses the Hellenic Cultural Museum.
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