Places of Worship in Knoxville (Self Guided), Knoxville

Knoxville is home to over 450 churches of many religious denominations. Situated at the core of the Bible Belt, many of them are Protestant. The following tour highlights the city’s most impressive religious sites, including Knoxville’s first churches and other historically significant ones.
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Places of Worship in Knoxville Map

Guide Name: Places of Worship in Knoxville
Guide Location: USA » Knoxville (See other walking tours in Knoxville)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Author: Sandra
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Church Street United Methodist Church
  • First Baptist Church Knoxville
  • St. John's Cathedral
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
  • First Christian Church
  • St. John's Lutheran Church
  • Central United Methodist Church
  • Knoxville House of Faith
Church Street United Methodist Church

1) Church Street United Methodist Church

Church Street United Methodist Church, located downtown next to the University of Tennessee campus, was built in 1931 to replace the previous church which had been destroyed by fire in 1928. The church mosaic windows were designed by Boston craftsman Charles J. Connick in the 1940s. At 141 feet tall, it is one of Tennessee's largest Methodist churches and one of the tallest buildings in Knoxville.
First Baptist Church Knoxville

2) First Baptist Church Knoxville

The First Baptist Church Knoxville was established in 1843. The present church, built in 1924 on Main Street, was designed by Nashville architects Dougherty and Gardner. Consisting of a chapel and education building, this architecturally significant church, blending English Renaissance and Romanesque styles, has been a listed building since 1997. This three-story marble-faced octagonal structure also has multiple Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns.
St. John's Cathedral

3) St. John's Cathedral

Established in 1826, St. John’s Church was one of the congregations represented at the Primary Convention. In 1891, the original building was razed to make room for a larger facility, which was completed in 1892. The architect for the current building was J .W. Yost of Columbus, Ohio. The stone church is built in a Latin cross form, but the nave, transepts, and apse are minimal in size compared to the crossing, resulting in a large central space.

The architectural style is Richardsonian Romanesque. Features include a slate roof, turrets, buttresses, and rose windows. A devastating fire in the church building in 1919 destroyed many of the original stained glass windows, but the building was promptly restored. In 1963, extensive renovation created the undercroft under the nave floor.

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First Presbyterian Church

4) First Presbyterian Church (must see)

The First Presbyterian Church, located on the site of the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery, was established in 1792 by Knoxville founder James White. The present neoclassical building was built in 1910, with an altar from 1903, the wings designed in the 1920s and the chapel in 1962. By the end of the 1990s the church had been extended and reconstructed, and today takes up an entire city block.
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

5) Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church is located on Vine Avenue and Walnut Street in Summit Hill. Founded in 1855, the church building was erected the same year, designed by top local architect Joseph Baumann. The structure consists of a 150 foot tower for the town clock and a turreted spire, completed at the time of the 1886 dedication. The stone facade and contrasting colors of this elegant Victorian Gothic building makes this one of Knoxville’s architectural gems.
First Christian Church

6) First Christian Church

Located in Knoxville’s historic district, First Christian Church, designed by Charles Barber, is a three building complex blending several architectural styles. Completed in 1914, this impressive two-story Neoclassical red brick structure has several marble elements, including six columns, moldings, the rose window and sculptured angels above the entrance. It has two additional buildings designed in the Roman style and arched passageways connecting all the buildings.
St. John's Lutheran Church

7) St. John's Lutheran Church

Located on Emory Place, St. John's Lutheran Church is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Knoxville’s first Lutheran congregation, established in 1888, was built in 1913 with the Gothic features of 13th and 14th century European cathedrals. Designed by R. F. Graf, it has arched entrances, a beamed roof, a belfry topped with four spires and dark oak interior elements. It also has nine 40 foot tall 19th century stained glass windows and a pipe organ, considered one of Knoxville’s finest concert instruments, installed in 1991.
Central United Methodist Church

8) Central United Methodist Church

Central United Methodist Church, located in the historic district, was built and dedicated in 1927. Designed by R.H. Hunt and Albert Baumann, this two-story Gothic Revival structure with a brick and stone foundation, also has limestone and marble elements, an 1,800 seat 5,000 square foot fellowship hall and an impressive 125 foot bell tower.
Knoxville House of Faith

9) Knoxville House of Faith

The Knoxville House of Faith, established in 1979, is located in the Fourth and Gill Historic District. Initially the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, this grand antique-looking structure with a Latin cruciform plan includes Gothic arches, steep gables and two towers. The building was constructed in 1906 in the Late Gothic Revival style, designed by A. J. Cloud, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Walking Tours in Knoxville, Tennessee

Create Your Own Walk in Knoxville

Create Your Own Walk in Knoxville

Creating your own self-guided walk in Knoxville is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Art Walk in Knoxville

Art Walk in Knoxville

Art lovers will discover Knoxville full of creativity, with beautiful artwork on display at multiple galleries and the Knoxville Museum of Art. South Gay Street is home to several museums, art venues and shops specializing in local art. Take the following tour to explore Knoxville as eastern Tennessee’s cultural hub.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Museums Walk in Knoxville

Museums Walk in Knoxville

Knoxville offers an amazing collection of fascinating museums that highlight the cultural development and history of the region, honoring local achievements in sports, civic development and the arts. Take the following tour to discover some of Knoxville’s best museums.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 Km or 4.5 Miles
Knoxville’s Historic Buildings

Knoxville’s Historic Buildings

Knoxville County is home to nearly 100 listed historic properties and districts, representing the area’s prestigious and rich history. Check out the following tour of the most prominent historic and architectural gems Knoxville has to offer.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Kingston Pike Walk in Knoxville

Kingston Pike Walk in Knoxville

Since the 1790s Kingston Pike, located on Knoxville’s west side, has been the city’s major thoroughfare and commercial district, including many cultural, religious, food, entertainment and retail establishments. The following tour of Kingston Pike includes the thriving Bearden District, the center of Knoxville’s arts community.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
University of Tennessee Walk

University of Tennessee Walk

The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, located in downtown’s west end, draws many visitors to the city. Founded in 1794 as William Blount College, nowadays it covers 550 acres, including over 200 buildings and a faculty of more than 1,400. Take the following tour to discover UTK’s best attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Family Tour in Knoxville

Family Tour in Knoxville

Downtown Knoxville is the best place to take a lovely daytime stroll. The following tour of attractions includes children’s favorites the Candy Factory and Fort Kid and several other family-oriented landmarks and entertainment venues.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles