Famous Religious Buildings Tour in Altanta (Self Guided), Atlanta

Atlanta has a large number of religious sites. Every church located here is closely linked to the events of the American Civil War. Most of them have been destroyed, while the ones that remained standing have kept the dark secrets of war in them so we can know what happened. Be sure to visit the world-famous Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King Jr. was a pastor. This tour will guide you to some of the most famous religious buildings in Atlanta.
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Famous Religious Buildings Tour in Altanta Map

Guide Name: Famous Religious Buildings Tour in Altanta
Guide Location: USA » Atlanta (See other walking tours in Atlanta)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 Km or 4.5 Miles
Author: doris
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • The Temple
  • Peachtree Christian Church
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Saint Mark United Methodist Church
  • All Saints Episcopal Church
  • Sacred Heart Church
  • Big Bethel AME Church
  • Central Presbyterian Church
  • Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Church
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The Temple

1) The Temple

The Temple (formally, the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation) was established in 1860 to serve the needs of German-Jewish immigrants and is the oldest synagogue in Atlanta. It is also one of American Judaism's most celebrated religious organizations and is the center of Atlanta's Jewish culture. The church was designed in a Neoclassical style by Philip Trammell Shutze and was completed in 1931. A wonderful site that will delight any tourist in Atlanta.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Peachtree Christian Church

2) Peachtree Christian Church

Peachtree Christian Church is open to anyone willing to find God. Founded in 1920, it features a Gothic Revival style with a great collection of stained glass. The community is really great and open to any visitor willing to find out more about the church.
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First Presbyterian Church

3) First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta is a parish of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) located in the Midtown section of Atlanta, Georgia. First Presbyterian Church was founded in 1848, and it was Atlanta’s first Presbyterian house of worship. The original church building was vacated in April 1916 and the property was sold to the U.S. government for the construction of the headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. It has a Gothic-Revival design with stained glass windows and towers. Be sure to drop by this wonderful attraction. The church, which hosts a congregation of 3,000 members, is located across 16th Street from the High Museum of Art. The purpose of the congregation is "to be and become a community of grace a people of praise a loving congregation rooted in tradition, open to the Spirit disciples who proclaim and serve the Lord Jesus Christ in all we say and do to the glory of God for the salvation of humankind for the healing and hope of the city, and for the reconciliation and peace of the world".
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Saint Mark United Methodist Church

4) Saint Mark United Methodist Church

Saint Mark United Methodist Church was founded in 1872 only to become what it is today in 1900. The current building was constructed from 1902 to 1903 after the congregation of Merritts Avenue Methodist Church outgrew their old building. The sanctuary has four rose windows, and the northern and southern walls have twelve pictorial stained-glass windows. Saint Mark Methodist Church is one of the few remaining Gothic style granite churches in Atlanta. The architecture is notable for its use of Stone Mountain granite, triple entrance portal, and pot-metal stained glass windows. The architect, Willis Franklin Denny, also constructed two other granite Methodist churches that survive today. The congregation chose the location for Saint Mark Methodist Church to give them more room and to be in a less dangerous location than the "Tight Squeeze" area beyond the city limits. The 12 pictorial stained glass works depicting scenes from the life of Jesus were installed gradually from 1909 to 1959. In the early 1990s the church was on the verge of closing but the congregation ended up swelling to more than 1700 members during the decade. A 15 year series of renovations to the main sanctuary was completed in 2008.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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All Saints Episcopal Church

5) All Saints Episcopal Church

All Saints Episcopal Church was established in 1901. The first stucco and wood chapel was designed by Harriett Dozier. Currently the church has a parish with over three thousand members. It is a standing testimony to the kindness of Christian people and you will no doubt find peace here.
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Sacred Heart Church

6) Sacred Heart Church

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, formerly called the Sacred Heart Church, is the first Roman Catholic basilica in Georgia. The Church was designated as a basilica on February 22, 2010. Being Atlanta's only church with two spires, Sacred Heart Church is truly a magnificent attraction you shouldn't miss. It has a traditional design, similar to Chiaravalle della Colomba, situated near Fidenza, Italy. Definitely a nice place to visit for the whole family.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Big Bethel AME Church

7) Big Bethel AME Church

The Big Bethel AME Church is the oldest African-American congregation in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood of Atlanta, and is the mother church of AME in North Georgia. It is located at 220 Auburn Avenue NE in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood. It is the "first" church on the North Atlanta District, in the Atlanta-North Georgia Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Big Bethel was founded in 1847 as Union Church in the town of Marthasville. Marthasville became Terminus, and finally Atlanta, and Union Church became Bethel Church, then Bethel Tabernacle. At the close of the Civil War, the AME Church spread rapidly throughout the former Confederacy, and the Bethel Tabernacle allied herself with the denomination, becoming Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Her first pastor was Rev. Joseph Woods.

In 1879, the first public school for blacks in Atlanta, Gate City Colored School, was founded in the basement of the church, though it would later move to Houston Street. Morris Brown College held its first classes here in 1881 before moving to its first campus. Big Bethel was known as "Sweet Auburn's City Hall." In 1911, President William Howard Taft spoke here, as did Nelson Mandela in 1990.
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Central Presbyterian Church

8) Central Presbyterian Church

An important site in Atlanta since 1858, the Central Presbyterian Church was almost destroyed during the American Civil War. The church was recently renovated and now holds a healthy number of ministries and services. Having great architecture and a vast history, this place is a must-visit for everyone.
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Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Church

9) Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Church (must see)

Being the oldest Catholic Church in Atlanta, the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is a true representative of Christian belief and Atlanta history. It was named after Murillo's painting "Immaculate Conception". Designed by local architect William H. Parkins, the cornerstone was laid September 1, 1869 by poet Abram Joseph Ryan. It was completed and dedicated in 1873 and is still in use.

Why You Should Visit:
May lack the grandeur and scale of a Catholic cathedral, but nonetheless does not shy in serenity and majesty.
Also, extremely welcoming and genuinely friendly to people from all walks of life and every background.

Tip:
Try to go on a sunny day with the light streaming through the stained glass windows.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm

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