Indianapolis Religious Buildings Tour, Indianapolis (Self Guided)

Indianapolis contains an extensive variety of churches which have influenced the social geography of the city. The following tour will guide visitors to the city’s oldest and most significant religious architecture.
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Indianapolis Religious Buildings Tour Map

Guide Name: Indianapolis Religious Buildings Tour
Guide Location: USA » Indianapolis (See other walking tours in Indianapolis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km
Author: Sandra
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Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral

1) Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral

Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, built in the 19th century, is a Roman Catholic church and the seat of the Archbishop of Indianapolis. It is also famous for the Cathedral Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry program started during America’s Great Depression of the late 1920s through the 1930s.
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Scottish Rite Cathedral

2) Scottish Rite Cathedral (must see)

The Scottish Rite Cathedral is a historic building designed by architect George F. Schreiber, located in downtown Indianapolis. It was built between 1927 and 1929 at the cost of $2.5 million. The Cathedral is one of the largest Masonic buildings, and considered by many as the finest example of Neo-Gothic architecture in the United States. The main tower features a 54-bell carillonand rises 212 ft (65 m) above Indianapolis. It also has a floating ballroom. Other features are patterned ceilings, ornate carved woodwork, and stained-glass windows.

The auditorium has 1200 seats, and has been commended for the craftsmanship with which its fittings and decorations were made. It also has a large pipe organ. The main entrance, known as the Tiler's Room, is a cube of 33 ft (10 m). It features both Masonic symbols and the signs of the Zodiac. In recent years it has received 100,000 visitors a year. Guided tours are available on weekdays and the third Saturday of each month.

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Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

3) Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest African American congregation in Indianapolis. Initially known as Indianapolis Station, it was founded in 1836. A small worship house was built in 1841 and destroyed by fire in 1862. The present church was built in 1867. Bethel AME is known as Indiana’s mother church of the African Methodist faith. It played a significant role in the antislavery movement, as well as in opening schools for black children throughout the city.
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Roberts Park United Methodist Church

4) Roberts Park United Methodist Church

Roberts Park United Methodist Church, located downtown, is affiliated with the University of Indianapolis. It is named after Robert R. Roberts, the first Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church to reside in Indiana. This building at the corner of Vermont and Delaware streets was erected in 1869.
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St. Mary's Catholic Church

5) St. Mary's Catholic Church

St. Mary's Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic, built in the Gothic Revival style modeled after the Cologne Cathedral in Germany. The church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was established in 1858 as St. Marienkirche to serve the growing population of German Catholics who were making their home in Indianapolis.

The Reverend Peter Leonard Brandt arrived from Vincennes, Indiana, in 1856 to establish a congregation among the German Catholics of Indianapolis. St. Mary's was their first church, completed in 1858. Priests conducted services in latin and sermons in German and retained Old World traditions. After the neighborhood become commercial, the congregation purchased property at New Jersey Street and Vermont Street. That is where they built the present church, which was under construction from 1910 to 1912.

Architect Hermann Gaul, a native of Cologne, Germany, designed the church. Gargoyles decorate the façade of the church at the entry portal and towers. On the north side, a stained-glass window depicts St. Boniface, the saint who converted the Germans to Christianity. On the south side, another window depicts St. Henry, the “church builder.” The interior has many statues and a apse with skylights.

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Christ Church Cathedral

6) Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest religious building in continuous use in Indianapolis. It was founded in 1837. The present building was constructed in 1857 and is the oldest building on Monument Circle. It became the cathedral for the Diocese of Indianapolis in 1954. It is known for its Choir of Men and Boys and Girls' Choir, and for its pipe organs, one of which was donated by Ruth Lilly. The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

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St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

7) St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church is a parish of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. The church building and the rectory are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. St. John’s is the first Catholic parish in the city of Indianapolis. The present site on which the church was built was purchased in 1846, and the parish built its second church there. When it became too small, Dietrich Bohlen was hired to design the present church. It was built in the Gothic Revival style from 1863-1867. The spires on the two towers that flank the main façade were designed by Oscar Bohlen of D. A. Bohlen & Son and built in 1893. The intention was for St. John’s to serve as the cathedral when the Diocese of Vincennes moved to Indianapolis. It partially served that function. It was the Proto-cathedral of the Diocese of Vincennes from 1871-1898.

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Holy Rosary Catholic Church

8) Holy Rosary Catholic Church

The Holy Rosary Catholic Church, located at the north end of the Danish Church Historic District southeast of downtown Indianapolis, was built in 1911 for the Italian Catholic community. Its design inspired by the Italian Renaissance style, it sponsors the annual Italian Street Festival, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the city.

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Whether you are in Indianapolis for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Indianapolis has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Indianapolis, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.