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Pittsburgh Religious Buildings (Self Guided), Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh features a rich history and is home to various religious buildings and places of worship. Several of the city’s churches represent historic landmarks and date back to the 19th century. Religious buildings like these are open to the public and highly recommended during your visit.
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Pittsburgh Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Pittsburgh Religious Buildings
Guide Location: USA » Pittsburgh (See other walking tours in Pittsburgh)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St Mary of Mercy Church
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Trinity Cathedral
  • Smithfield United Church of Christ
  • First Lutheran Church
  • Epiphany Catholic Church
  • St Benedict the Moor Church
St Mary of Mercy Church

1) St Mary of Mercy Church

St. Mary of Mercy Parish Church was originally established in 1868 by Irish immigrants. The church is also known to locals as St. Mary's at the Point. The church is located in downtown Pittsburgh, in the center of the Golden Triangle. St Mary of Mercy Church is a huge church that may accommodate up to 850 individuals.
First Presbyterian Church

2) First Presbyterian Church (must see)

The First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest Protestant organizations west of the Allegheny Mountains. The First Presbyterian Church proudly profiles roofs, which date back to 1758, and gorgeous memorial stained-glass windows, all of which were designed and installed by the famous Tiffany Studios.
Trinity Cathedral

3) Trinity Cathedral (must see)

Trinity Cathedral is the cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh. The present Gothic church, the third structure to hold the congregation, was completed in 1872 on the site of a hilltop cemetery. The site, centered on a terrace above the historic "point" (where the Allegheny River and the Monongahela River join to form the Ohio River) was sacred to Native Americans as a burial ground. Early settlers also used this site as a cemetery. The congregation built its second church here in 1824.

The Trinity Churchyard has the oldest marked graves west of the Atlantic Seaboard, of both Native American leaders, French, English, and American colonists. The first Trinity Church was built two blocks to the west of this burial ground at the base of the hill or terrace initially. It was constructed from the 1780s to 1805.

In 1824 Trinity moved to its current site in the middle of the terrace churchyard with what is regarded as the first gothic structure in Western Pennsylvania. John Henry Hopkins led the design and construction of the cathedral, which was complete with butresses, a tower, pointed arches and a vaulted ceiling. In 1872 the new Trinity Cathedral was completed. It was the tallest building in the city until the construction of the Allegheny County Courthouse in 1888.

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Smithfield United Church of Christ

4) Smithfield United Church of Christ

Smithfield United Church of Christ was founded in 1782 and is the oldest organized church in the city. The Smithfield United Church of Christ has a very diverse congregation, as lots of people have come here to pray and worship since its creation.
First Lutheran Church

5) First Lutheran Church

The First English Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1837 as the First English-speaking Lutheran church. Located in downtown Pittsburgh, the church welcomes anyone who is searching for a church to call their home.
Epiphany Catholic Church

6) Epiphany Catholic Church

Designated as a National Historic Landmark, the Epiphany Catholic Church has long served Mass daily along with the traditional Sunday service. In front of the church one will discover the sacred figure of Christ. The Epiphany Catholic Church features a phenomenal organ during services.
St Benedict the Moor Church

7) St Benedict the Moor Church

The Saint Benedict the Moor Church is an African-American church on Crawford Street. The church unites many different customs and cultures. The church was built as a symbol for peace and attempts to establish a community of one. The St Benedict the Moor Church is home to various ministries, all of which are designed to acculturate the Gospel into the community.

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