Churches Tour of Detroit (Self Guided), Detroit

Detroit is a multicultural city, which is reflected in the variety of churches found here. There are splendid Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals, as well as historic Protestant churches. This self-guided tour will lead you to Detroit's most magnificent places of worship.
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Churches Tour of Detroit Map

Guide Name: Churches Tour of Detroit
Guide Location: USA » Detroit (See other walking tours in Detroit)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Author: vickyc
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Saints Peter And Paul Church

1) Saints Peter And Paul Church

The Saints Peter And Paul Church is a Roman Catholic church located at 629 East Jefferson Ave in Detroit. It is the oldest existing church in the city of Detroit. In 1844, Bishop Peter Paul Lefevere, the leader of the Detroit Catholic church, began construction on Saints Peter And Paul Church; the cornerstone is dated June 29, 1844. Construction was completed over four years, as the Bishop paid for each stage of construction with cash. The church was consecrated on June 29, 1848 and Bishop Lefevere used the church as his cathedral until his death in 1869. The original parishioners were predominantly Irish, with some French families attending.

Lefevere's successor, Caspar Borgess, continued to use the church as his cathedral until 1877, when he gave the title to the building to the Jesuit Order with the intention of starting Detroit's first Catholic college. The Jesuit college eventually became the University of Detroit-Mercy, and UDM's law school still occupies the building adjacent to the church. The church was altered in 1879 and 1882, completely renovated in 1892, and remodeled again in 1911. A chapel was added to the rear of the building in 1918. Although these alterations changed the look of the church, the original plan has been substantially preserved. The church is still in use, offering daily masses.

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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

2) Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral is located in historic Greektown and was founded in 1910. This 100-year-old church has a large, central, blue dome and multiple semi-domes on the sides and at the front. An arch denotes the entrance to the church. Be sure to venture inside, as there are many beautiful religious paintings on display.
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St. Mary Roman Catholic Church

3) St. Mary Roman Catholic Church

St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, formally the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the third oldest parish in Detroit. It is located at 646 Monroe Street in heart of Greektown Historic District within Detroit's downtown area. It is often called Old St. Mary's Church to avoid confusion with other St. Mary's parishes in the Redford neighborhood of Detroit or nearby Royal Oak, Monroe, or Wayne.

The complex originally consisted of the church, rectory, constructed in 1876, school, constructed in 1868, and convent, completed in 1922. The convent was demolished in the early 2000s and replaced with a community center designed to resemble the 1841 church building. St. Mary Parish has been staffed by the Spiritans or Holy Ghost Fathers since 1893. It was previously administered by the Franciscan Fathers (1872-1893) and the Redemptorist Fathers (1847-1872).

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Trinity Lutheran Church

4) Trinity Lutheran Church (must see)

Trinity Lutheran Church is a historic Detroit church currently registered as a National Historic Site. At 150 years old, it is the oldest church in this region and is the most famous Lutheran church in the city. The church was built from red brick and incorporates decorative elements made of glass, wood, tile and brass. The church is an excellent example of the 16th-century Pier and Clerestory Gothic styles of architecture.
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St Joseph Roman Catholic Church

5) St Joseph Roman Catholic Church

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church, founded in 1855, is a historic German Catholic parish with a landmark church located at 1828 Jay Street in the Eastern Market - Lafayette Park neighborhood area just outside of downtown Detroit on the city's central east side. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and deemed 'of national importance' due to its stained glass.

The German-inspired Gothic structure had its cornerstone laid in 1870 and was dedicated in 1873, making it one of the oldest extant churches in Detroit. Francis G. Himpler, a Munich-born New York architect, designed the building which is considered one of the Midwest's best examples of Victorian Gothic architecture, especially so because the structure is effectively unaltered. The building is distinguished by its stained glass, notable in its intricate designs and wide usage. Also of note is the woodwork, statuary, and original stone high altar in the interior. St. Joseph's Church was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972; the buildings in the surrounding complex were added in 1992. Located at 1828 Jay Street, the church still operates today with two Masses every Sunday and Daily Mass on certain weekdays.

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Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church

6) Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church

The Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Convent and Rectory is a Roman Catholic church located at 1000 Eliot Street in Detroit. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1975 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Sacred Heart, built in 1875, was the third German Roman Catholic church constructed in Detroit. The parish was founded to serve the German members of the Detroit community, not only with the church itself, but also with its primary and secondary schools. The church continued as a primarily German parish until after World War I, when large numbers of blacks moved into Detroit and settled along Hastings Street. The German population slowly moved out at this time.

In 1911, some of the newer black residents of the Catholic faith established a chapel at old St. Mary's. In 1914, the growing congregation moved to a converted Episcopalian church at Eliot and Beaubien. The church flourished, and in the late 1930s, the congregation petitioned to move to the nearby Sacred Heart, due in part to the school building on the site. In 1938, Sacred Heart was converted from a German parish to an African American parish. The congregation at this time measured approximately 1500 members, and they quickly utilized the school at Sacred Heart, graduating the first high school class in 1945.

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Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church

7) Sweetest Heart of Mary Catholic Church

Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church is located at 4440 Russell Street (at E Canfield St) in Detroit, Michigan in the Forest Park neighborhood on the city's central East side. The Gothic Revival cathedral styled Church is the largest of the Roman Catholic Churches in the City of Detroit.

In 1890, construction began one "what would become the largest Catholic Church in Michigan." Spier and Rohns designed the present cathedral structure. Father Dominic Hippolytus Kolasiñski had formed the parish and raised the building funds for the rapidly growing parish. The cornerstone-laying ceremony was held on June 5, 1892, and on December 24, 1893, after construction costs of over $125,000, the church was officially dedicated. More than 10,000 people attended the dedication ceremony.

Sweetest Heart of Mary is one of the largest and perhaps most impressive Gothic Revival Cathedral Churches in the Midwest. The church is constructed of red brick in a cruciform shape with a cross gabled roof. The facade on Russell boasts a rusticated stone lower level with a triple portal, a pointed arch structure, and a stone balustrade atop everything. Two towers flank the entrance, topped with identical Spires, which are capped with buttresses and detailed with crosses.

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St. Albertus Roman Catholic Church

8) St. Albertus Roman Catholic Church

St. Albertus Roman Catholic Church is a church located at 4231 St. Aubin Street in Detroit in the Forest Park neighborhood area on the city's central East side. It is a brick building 200 ft (61 m) long and 70 ft (21 m) wide, with a spire originally 280 ft (85 m) tall. The original spire was shortened after being damaged in a windstorm on Good Friday of 1913.

Contrasting with the plain brick of the exterior, the interior of St. Albertus has an ornate Medieval flair. The altars, baptismal font, and the wainscot are made of patterned terra-cotta. The ceiling is ornately painted. Sixty-three pieces of painted plaster sculpture are within the church, and the windows are decorated with Medieval-style stained glass.

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