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Places of Worship in Dallas (Self Guided), Dallas

Dallas is one of the biggest cities in the world and one that is rich in religious congregations. Every place of worship in Dallas is worth visiting, yet the downtown concentrates are especially memorable. Cathedrals, churches, and chapels are all here for your enjoyment.
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Places of Worship in Dallas Map

Guide Name: Places of Worship in Dallas
Guide Location: USA » Dallas (See other walking tours in Dallas)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: sylvia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Paul United Methodist Church
  • The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe
  • First United Methodist Church of Dallas
  • First Baptist Church of Dallas
  • Thanksgiving Chapel
  • St Jude Chapel
  • First Presbyterian Church-Dallas
St. Paul United Methodist Church

1) St. Paul United Methodist Church

St. Paul United Methodist Church is a true gem of the Art District in Dallas, Texas. It was organized by freed slaves in the year 1873. As such, it is one of the oldest African American churches in all of Texas. It is also the only such church in downtown Dallas.

The local congregation is well known in the area for its “Body and Soul” ministry, which feeds the homeless in downtown Dallas twice a week. They get hundreds of people each day they are open.

The church is also a landmark for the city. There was a recent effort to renovate this old church, which now is finished. It was quite the undertaking, as walls had to be stabilized and restored. An elevator was also added to the church for the handicapped and elderly. The church can be visited most any day of the week, but they also have worship service on Sundays at 10:45 a.m.
The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe

2) The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe

The Cathedral Shrine is one of the largest churches in Dallas, with over 17,000 families. It is also one of the most historic churches in town, as this was the first Catholic community formed in the area. It is also the Mother Church for the local diocese.

The local worshiping community was founded in 1869. It was called the Sacred Heart Church then. They built their first building in 1872. In 1890, the church was reformed into the Cathedral for the area, after the Dallas area became a diocese. The overall architectural look of the current building is gothic, and is done in a beautiful red brick. The sanctuary is done in white walls and is trimmed in oak.

This congregation is also a great promoter of the arts in the area. They hold events for the Arts District many times each year. They also sponsor the Greater Children’s Chorus of Dallas, which is a sacred choir. It is located in the same area is the Sculpture Garden, Dallas Symphony, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
First United Methodist Church of Dallas

3) First United Methodist Church of Dallas (must see)

The First United Methodist Church is a very old part of the downtown section of Dallas. It is also quite famous. In fact, it has been part of that overall landscape since 1860. The actual worshiping community has been together since 1846. At that point in history, there were three small Methodist Churches in the area, which were served by an itinerate preacher. Those congregations merged together by the time the First Church was formed in 1860.

The current building was finished in 1928. It is done in a Gothic style of architecture. The sanctuary is quite beautiful. You will also be able to find some of the most beautiful stained glass here that can be found in any church in the area.

You can visit the church pretty much any day of the week. Worship services are held on Sundays at 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School is held at 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The congregation is well known in the Dallas for its mission work in the local community.
First Baptist Church of Dallas

4) First Baptist Church of Dallas

The First Baptist Church of Dallas is a very famous house of worship. In modern terms, it is a mega church, which means it has a whole lot of members. As a part of the Southern Baptist Convention, it had just shy of 10,000 members in 2011, according to their statistics.

The church was founded in 1872. The current building was completed in 1891, and has been a prominent part of the downtown landscape for years. The church is done in a Gothic style of architecture, and covers over six city blocks in the downtown area. There are seven major buildings in the overall complex.

In the current day setting, the church not only ministers to its ten thousand members, but also runs a small college, a school, and several radio stations throughout Texas. The local congregation is also known for its mission work in the street of downtown Dallas. Interestingly, the current pastor is also quite famous for his politically incorrect public statements.
Thanksgiving Chapel

5) Thanksgiving Chapel

The Thanksgiving Chapel is located in the heart of the business district of Dallas. It is a must see, as you will have to look hard to find a chapel with more beauty and unusual architecture. It is definitely something you would not expect to be where it is.

The overall shape of the building is curvilinear, which means it is like a snail shell. It was designed to mimic the Al-Malwia minaret from the Great Mosque of Samarra Iraq, which was built in the 9th Century. There is a famous verse from the Qumran that has been inscribed on the wall. It says,

"Grateful praise is due to God alone, the Lord and Nourisher of the worlds” Astonishingly though, you will also find part of the 100th Psalm there as well.

The building was started in 1971, and was finished five years later. It is made of a white marble aggregate material. Philip Johnson was the designer. The stained glass ceiling is the real show stopper on the inside though; it is called the Glory Window. Gabriel Loire was the designer. The window follows the basic shape of the building. The location is so famous that a United Nations stamp memorialized it in 2000.
St Jude Chapel

6) St Jude Chapel

St Jude Chapel is one of the Roman Catholic Parishes from downtown and serves as a peaceful and quiet place. People attend the chapel daily for Mass and confession. Inside, visitors will admire terrific stained glass windows. The church was established in 1968 and has a seating capacity of 350 people.
First Presbyterian Church-Dallas

7) First Presbyterian Church-Dallas

The First Presbyterian Church is a very famous and historical church in Dallas. It is located in the Farmers Market District of the city, on Park Avenue. This group was the first congregation of Presbyterians founded here.

The congregation was founded in 1856. The first pastor was the Reverend Robert Byers. It had a total of eleven members back then. In the beginning, the group met wherever they could. Through the years, the church has had a total of four buildings, as the congregation continued to grow. Needless to say, it now has many more members.

The present day location is part of the Harwood Historic District, and is considered to be the local landmark. It was finished in 1913; the architectural firm was C.D. Hill, and the builders were Alex Watson Construction. The church is done in a Greek Revival style, which makes it distinct from other churches in the Historic District. You will want to check out the Corinthian style columns on the front. They are monolithic, and were the first such style used in Dallas. The location congregation continues to remain strong, and is a prominent institution in the local community.

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