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Historical Churches in Asheville (Self Guided), Asheville

The city of Asheville has tons of offerings to all visitors who come to discover its dazzling religious architectural monuments. Each street corner is another door to a new, interesting denomination. On this tour, you will definitely observe the diversity that dominates within the architecture of religious venues.
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Historical Churches in Asheville Map

Guide Name: Historical Churches in Asheville
Guide Location: USA » Asheville (See other walking tours in Asheville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Author: HelenF
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Basilica of St. Lawrence
  • Central United Methodist Church
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Trinity Episcopal Church
  • First Congregational Church
  • First Baptist Church
  • St Mark's Lutheran Church
  • Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Basilica of St. Lawrence

1) Basilica of St. Lawrence (must see)

The Basilica of St. Lawrence is a minor basilica of the Roman Catholic Church located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The basilica was designed and built in 1905 by Spanish architect Rafael Guastavino along with his fellow architect R. S. Smith and the surrounding Catholic community of Asheville. The Basilica is on the National Register of Historic Places and was elevated in status to a Minor Basilica in 1993 by Pope John Paul II. It is the only basilica in Western North Carolina and serves the surrounding areas and Catholic students from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The basilica's dome has a span of 58 by 82 feet and is reputed to be the largest freestanding elliptical dome in North America.

The inside of the church is adorned with statues of saints, including St. Lawrence, St. Cecilia, St. Rose of Lima, St. Patrick, and St. Peter the Apostle. The high altar is made from marble found in Tennessee. On the front of the High Altar is a fresco painting of the Last Supper. Above the high altar in the sanctuary is a Spanish wood carving of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John the Beloved Disciple mourning at the Crucifixion of Christ. Behind the wood carving of the crucifixion and covering the entire apse wall are polychrome terra cotta ornamental partitions of the Four Evangelists and two of the Archangels, St. Raphael and St. Michael.
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Central United Methodist Church

2) Central United Methodist Church

It all began about 173 years ago, when a little church was built in Asheville; it was the city’s first and only place of worship during that time. Today, right on the grounds where that small church existed, one can find the grand Central United Methodist Church; its construction began in 1902. Since its founding in 1837, it managed to gather a big family of believers, counting over 3,000 members. Everybody is welcome to become a part of the Methodist’s Church community.
First Presbyterian Church

3) First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church is one of the most outstanding churches of Asheville, featuring an extraordinary red brick construction. Aside from its structure, the church is proud to have great choirs and ensembles, such as the Chancel Choir, Youth, Older Children’s Choir, etc. The First Presbyterian Church also organizes a wide range of classes where visitors are most welcome, namely Word of the Day, Coffee & Discussion, First Bible Class and other fascinating gatherings.
Trinity Episcopal Church

4) Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church was founded around 1849; its first rector was Reverend Jarvis Buxton, who served this religious venue for 42 years. The structure that we see today was designed in Gothic Revival style by a New York designer - Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. The first service held within its premises was the opening ceremony, which took place in June 1913. Throughout its existence, Trinity was always there to help people in need and the church still continues to provide aid to those who seek it.
First Congregational Church

5) First Congregational Church

The First Congregational Church has been there for the people of Asheville since 1926, the year when the church was constructed. The structure, which was designed in Gothic style, is a massive grey stone building – a worthy representative of religious architecture in the city of Asheville. What is special about this church is that people have the chance to participate in the worship service. This can be done by volunteering to sing in the choir or being a part of the dancing group. The First Congregational is a church with a diverse program.
First Baptist Church

6) First Baptist Church

The city of Asheville proudly presents one of its most outstanding religious venues - the First Baptist Church. Built in 1927, this place of worship is an amazing architectural structure that extends on a 65,000 sq. ft. surface. Its architect – Douglas D. Ellington performed a great job combining buildings with different heights, thus enriching the church’s value; in fact, it is in the National Register of Historic Places. The First Baptist’s massiveness is breathtaking, as are the details of the church’s decorations.
St Mark's Lutheran Church

7) St Mark's Lutheran Church

St Mark's Lutheran Church is one of the sacred treasures of the city of Asheville, featuring a wonderful structure. Here, believers come to pray for their beloved ones, to speak to God and to make their voices heard. Every Sunday at St Mark's, everybody is welcome to the worship services that take place at 8:30am and 11am.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

8) Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Separated from the city's buzzing center, the Holy Trinity Greek Church, which was founded in 1922, is one of the few religious venues of Asheville with an Orthodox denomination. Unlike other churches, this one is smaller and features a different architectural style. One can attend the readings every day. The church's members put a lot of effort into bringing Orthodoxy to modern America. At Holy Trinity there is a diverse and divine schedule of services, counseling, youth programs and many other religious activities.

Walking Tours in Asheville, North Carolina

Create Your Own Walk in Asheville

Create Your Own Walk in Asheville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Asheville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Asheville Introduction Walk

Asheville Introduction Walk

A busy commercial hub, Downtown Asheville is filled with indie boutiques, cutting-edge galleries, and specialty food stores, plus artisan shops in the elegant Grove Arcade. Farm-to-table and Southern restaurants dot the area, alongside breweries, chic cocktail bars, and storied music venues. Eclectic attractions include the unusual Pinball Museum and the Basilica of Saint Lawrence, with its vast...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Downtown Asheville Art Galleries

Downtown Asheville Art Galleries

Home to over a dozen of art galleries, the city of Asheville has an incredible "army" of talented artists. Their craftsmanship is epic and their work exceeds all known boundaries, thus transforming Asheville into a city where creation and art never sleeps. Take the following tour to roar the streets in search of stunning artistic treasures.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Shopping Walking Tour in Asheville

Shopping Walking Tour in Asheville

Shopping in Asheville is an elaborate activity, so one will definitely need a good deal of time to prepare for this exciting adventure through the city streets, which are packed with shops, little stores and craft galleries. Take the following tour and visit the most renowned and interesting shops of Asheville.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles