Historical Religious Buildings (Self Guided), Monterey

Religious buildings all around the world are unique in a way. Catholic, protestant and orthodox churches or Muslim mosques - each place of worship has an individual facade, construction type and interiors. A church can say a lot about the history of the country or the city you visit. Of course, the church visitors will be glad to tell you more about the location. This guide will lead you to the most interesting religious places in Monterey City.
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Historical Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Historical Religious Buildings
Guide Location: USA » Monterey (See other walking tours in Monterey)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: nicole
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Church of Religious Science
  • Unity Church of Monterey
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church
  • First Presbyterian Church of Monterey
  • First Church of Christ Scientist In Monterey
  • Catholic Charities
  • San Carlos Cathedral
  • El Estero Presbyterian Church
Church of Religious Science

1) Church of Religious Science

Didn't think religion is a science? Here you are in a place that would explain that to you better. The Church of Religious Science in not only a great place to study interesting architecture and the art of decoration, this church offers a profound understanding of what is religion. You are welcome anytime, especially on Sundays.
Unity Church of Monterey

2) Unity Church of Monterey

The Unity Church of Monterey is one of the places that supports people in need. Anyone can enjoy a nice quiet place, within a very interesting building - it is more than 40 years old and combines both the late modern style and pop art. It is a modern church, worth seeing with your entire family.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church

3) Bethlehem Lutheran Church

This building is very original and it is worth visiting because of the interesting architecture heritage of Monterey. The interiors are very colorful. The dominant impression is one of confidence and the atmosphere is warm. The choir is wonderful and the children's program is very educational.
First Presbyterian Church of Monterey

4) First Presbyterian Church of Monterey

The building is sumptuous, large, very sunny and the people there are very friendly and open-minded. Interiors in protestant churches are large, and the First Presbyterian Church of Monterey offers a large space for visitors. The programs include mother's morning out, children's programs, youth and adult education, Bible study and music programs. Feel welcome anytime.
First Church of Christ Scientist In Monterey

5) First Church of Christ Scientist In Monterey

First Church of Christ Scientist is a private company. It is included in the Churches, Temples, and Shrines category. It was established in 1998. Sunday services are held at 10:30 am. Child care is provided for the very young. The place is very popular among youth, and the church provides lots of space for outdoor fun.
Catholic Charities

6) Catholic Charities

The Diocese of Monterey is a wonderful place for visitors and people in need. The building is very beautiful, built in the late catholic manner, nicely decorated and with large, sunny interiors. The Diocese offers many interesting programs, choir accompanied weddings and much more.
San Carlos Cathedral

7) San Carlos Cathedral (must see)

The Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo, or Royal Presidio Chapel, is a Roman Catholic cathedral, and is the oldest continuously operating parish and the oldest stone building in California. It was built in 1794 making it the oldest (and smallest) serving cathedral along with St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is the only existing presidio chapel in California and the only existing building in the original Monterey Presidio.

The church was founded by the Franciscan Father Junípero Serra as the chapel of Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo on June 3, 1770. In May, 1771, the viceroy approved Serra's petition to relocate the mission away from the Presidio to its current location near the mouth of the Carmel River and the present-day town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The new mission was named Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo.

When the mission was moved, the existing wood and adobe building became the San Jose Chapel for the Presidio of Monterey. Monterey became the capital of the Province of Californias in 1777 and the chapel was renamed the Royal Presidio Chapel. The original church was destroyed by fire in 1789 and was replaced by the present sandstone structure. It was completed in 1794 by Indian labor in the form of a Latin Cross. The Royal Presidio Chapel is the first stone building in California and reflects the exquisite Spanish Colonial style of the late 18th century.
Sight description based on wikipedia
El Estero Presbyterian Church

8) El Estero Presbyterian Church

A wonderful church just next to a large and green area, the El Estero park. It offers not only Christian education, care and love, the building itself is a great place to visit. It has a very nice facade, a very comfortable interior and a warm welcoming atmosphere.

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