Philadelphia Religious Buildings Walking Tour (Self Guided), Philadelphia

Like every historic city, Philadelphia has a vast range of old churches and historic places of worship. Many of its religious buildings are National Historic Landmarks. Take the following tour to see the most beautiful religious buildings in Philadelphia!
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Philadelphia Religious Buildings Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Philadelphia Religious Buildings Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: leticia
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Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

1) Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul (must see)

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, head church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, is the largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. With its majestic façade, vaulted dome, ornate main altar, eight side chapels and main sanctuary that comfortably holds 2,000 worshippers, the Cathedral-Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is the largest brownstone structure and one of the most architecturally eminent structures in the city of Philadelphia. Erected in 1864, the cathedral, presented in a Roman-Corinthian style of architecture, is modeled after the Lombard Church of St. Charles (San Carlo al Corso) in Rome.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Arch Street Presbyterian Church

2) Arch Street Presbyterian Church

The Arch Street Presbyterian Church is located three blocks away from the City Hall in downtown Philadelphia. This marvelous church, designed by Stephen Decatur Button, was built in 1855 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The building represents a beautiful example of 19th Century NeoClassiscm and has recently undergone major renovation inside and out. Regular services are held here every Sunday, plus special Lent services, including a noon time devotion for those in Center City, and Welsh holidays and festivals.
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St. Clement's Church

3) St. Clement's Church

Saint Clement's Church is an historic Anglo-Catholic parish. On November 20, 1970, Saint Clement's Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by noted Philadelphia architect John Notman, construction of the building began in 1856 and was completed three years later. The main façade is dominated by the bell tower and the assertive semi-circular apse, which features a blind arcade of simple columns and Romanesque arches. The interior of the church is dominated by the large carved oak reredos and triptych, installed in 1908, which stand above the high altar.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia

4) First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia

Desiring a larger and more elegant building to reflect the growth of the congregation, church members voted to construct yet another facility. Using the same location (10th & Locust), the cornerstone of the "Doric Building" was laid on March 24, 1828. Designed by William Strickland, this building was described in contemporary books as one of the most outstanding churches in the city. Dedicated on November 5, 1828, this remained the congregation's worship space until moving to the present site at 2125 Chestnut Street in 1885.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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First Presbyterian Church

5) First Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church can be found on South 21st Street in Philadelphia. Dedicated in 1698, this was the first Presbyterian congregation in the city. The building was designed in a gorgeous Gothic style, featuring beautiful stained glass windows done by world-renowned artisans. A history of the church titled “The Mother of Us All”, written by the late Rev. Donald Kocher, was released in 1998, in time for its 300th anniversary celebration. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the church office.
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Church of the Holy Trinity

6) Church of the Holy Trinity

Church of the Holy Trinity is an Episcopal church on Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The first service in the church building, designed by Scottish architect John Notman, was held on March 27, 1859. The corner tower was added in 1867 and was designed by George W. Hewitt of the firm of Fraser, Furness & Hewitt. The Church of the Holy Trinity is also known for its numerous stained glass windows, including five by Louis Comfort Tiffany and one by Luc-Olivier Merson.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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First Baptist Church

7) First Baptist Church

Situated in Center City, to the south of the Liberty Center, the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia was built in 1698, shortly after William Penn had founded the city. Modeled by Noel Nemcik, the church's architecture represents a mixture of Byzantine and Romanesque styles. The exterior is adorned with Holmesbur granite, while the trimmings are made of Worcester stone.
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church

8) St. Mark's Episcopal Church

St Mark's Episcopal Church at 1625 Locust St, Center City, Philadelphia, is an Episcopal church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. It is part of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. The church was founded in the mid-19th Century as part of the Tractarian Oxford Movement revival in the Anglican Church. The building was constructed by John Notman in the Gothic Revival style between 1847 and 1849, based on an original design by English architect Richard Cromwell Carpenter. The tower was designed by Notman, and completed in 1865 by George Hewitt. The Lady Chapel was designed by Cope & Stewardson in the Late Decorated Gothic style. It was built in 1900; the ceiling is the first known example in the US of a stone vault. Both construction of the chapel and its furnishings were donated by Rodman Wanamaker in memory of his late wife. Because of its architectural quality and significance, the building has been designated a National Historic Landmark.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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