Religious Buildings Self-Guided Tour, Monterey (Self Guided)

Religious buildings all around the world are unique in a way. Catholic, protestant and orthodox churches or Muslim mosques - each place of worship has an individual facade, construction type and interiors. A church can say a lot about the history of the country or the city you visit. Of course, the church visitors will be glad to tell you more about the location. This guide will lead you to the most interesting religious places in Monterey City.
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Religious Buildings Self-Guided Tour Map

Guide Name: Religious Buildings Self-Guided Tour
Guide Location: USA » Monterey (See other walking tours in Monterey)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: nicole
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Church of Religious Science

1) Church of Religious Science

Didn't think religion is a science? Here you are in a place that would explain that to you better. The Church of Religious Science in not only a great place to study interesting architecture and the art of decoration, this church offers a profound understanding of what is religion. You are welcome anytime, especially on Sundays.
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Unity Church of Monterey

2) Unity Church of Monterey

The Unity Church of Monterey is one of the places that supports people in need. Anyone can enjoy a nice quiet place, within a very interesting building - it is more than 40 years old and combines both the late modern style and pop art. It is a modern church, worth seeing with your entire family.
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Bethlehem Lutheran Church

3) Bethlehem Lutheran Church

This building is very original and it is worth visiting because of the interesting architecture heritage of Monterey. The interiors are very colorful. The dominant impression is one of confidence and the atmosphere is warm. The choir is wonderful and the children's program is very educational.
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First Presbyterian Church of Monterey

4) First Presbyterian Church of Monterey

The building is sumptuous, large, very sunny and the people there are very friendly and open-minded. Interiors in protestant churches are large, and the First Presbyterian Church of Monterey offers a large space for visitors. The programs include mother's morning out, children's programs, youth and adult education, Bible study and music programs. Feel welcome anytime.
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First Church of Christ Scientist In Monterey

5) First Church of Christ Scientist In Monterey

First Church of Christ Scientist is a private company. It is included in the Churches, Temples, and Shrines category. It was established in 1998. Sunday services are held at 10:30 am. Child care is provided for the very young. The place is very popular among youth, and the church provides lots of space for outdoor fun.
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Catholic Charities

6) Catholic Charities

The Diocese of Monterey is a wonderful place for visitors and people in need. The building is very beautiful, built in the late catholic manner, nicely decorated and with large, sunny interiors. The Diocese offers many interesting programs, choir accompanied weddings and much more.
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San Carlos Cathedral

7) San Carlos Cathedral (must see)

The Cathedral of San Carlos Borromeo, or Royal Presidio Chapel, is a Roman Catholic cathedral, and is the oldest continuously operating parish and the oldest stone building in California. It was built in 1794 making it the oldest (and smallest) serving cathedral along with St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is the only existing presidio chapel in California and the only existing building in the original Monterey Presidio.

The church was founded by the Franciscan Father Junípero Serra as the chapel of Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo on June 3, 1770. In May, 1771, the viceroy approved Serra's petition to relocate the mission away from the Presidio to its current location near the mouth of the Carmel River and the present-day town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The new mission was named Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo.

When the mission was moved, the existing wood and adobe building became the San Jose Chapel for the Presidio of Monterey. Monterey became the capital of the Province of Californias in 1777 and the chapel was renamed the Royal Presidio Chapel. The original church was destroyed by fire in 1789 and was replaced by the present sandstone structure. It was completed in 1794 by Indian labor in the form of a Latin Cross. The Royal Presidio Chapel is the first stone building in California and reflects the exquisite Spanish Colonial style of the late 18th century.

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El Estero Presbyterian Church

8) El Estero Presbyterian Church

A wonderful church just next to a large and green area, the El Estero park. It offers not only Christian education, care and love, the building itself is a great place to visit. It has a very nice facade, a very comfortable interior and a warm welcoming atmosphere.

Walking Tours in Monterey, California

Create Your Own Walk in Monterey

Create Your Own Walk in Monterey

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Family Entertainment - Self-Guided Tour in Monterey

Family Entertainment - Self-Guided Tour in Monterey

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Daily Life in Monterey Walking Tour

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Museum Walking Tour in Monterey

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Cultural Tour in Monterey

Cultural Tour in Monterey

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Monterey 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 Monterey 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 Monterey, 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.