Places of Worship in Knoxville, Knoxville (Self Guided)

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
Author: Sandra
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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
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
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
Nightlife in Knoxville

Nightlife in Knoxville

Knoxville is home to many great bars and clubs to hang out, many of them concentrated in the Old Town district. Take the following tour to discover some of the most vibrant places in the city, including the Sapphire, Hanna's Café, Patrick Sullivan's, Preservation Pub and more.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Downtown Knoxville Orientation Walk

Downtown Knoxville Orientation Walk

Knoxville is home to many historic and cultural attractions, places of interest including World’s Fair Park, Market Square, Gay Street, stunning skyscrapers, the Convention Center and more. Take the following tour to become better acquainted with the best sites Knoxville Downtown has to offer.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Knoxville 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 Knoxville 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 Knoxville, 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.