Religious Buildings Tour in Portland (Self Guided), Portland

There are about 500 churches in Portland. This fact testifies to the remarkably high level of religious tolerance in the city. Take the following tour to experience some of the most beautiful and remarkable churches in Portland!
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Religious Buildings Tour in Portland Map

Guide Name: Religious Buildings Tour in Portland
Guide Location: USA » Portland (See other walking tours in Portland)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: Xena
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Parish
  • Grace Bible Church
  • The Old Church
  • Portland Korean Church
  • St. James Lutheran Church
  • First Congregational United Church of Christ
  • First Baptist Church
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Downtown Chapel
St. Stephen's Episcopal Parish

1) St. Stephen's Episcopal Parish

During the years, the buildings which have been called St. Stephen's have passed through a number of renovations and replacements. Its history dates back to 1863, and the church has been housed in several structures since that date. Portions of the current church building date back to 1929. Over the years the buildings have been renovated, added to and reorganized a number of times. The basic sanctuary structure has had no changes since 1929, the year it was built as a temporary one. Visiting this church, you will enjoy the modest and restrained atmosphere of religious life of the 19th century.
Grace Bible Church

2) Grace Bible Church

Grace Bible Church is a Christian church that has served downtown Portland for over one hundred and thirty years. Entering it, you will feel calm and inspired, because all the people who have joined Grace Bible Church do their best to create a spirit of mutual love and friendship.
The Old Church

3) The Old Church

Built in 1883, The Old Church is one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in the Pacific Northwest. The Carpenter Gothic style creates an atmosphere of restrained humility and the modest strength of faith. All the details of the building are carefully thought out and perfectly fit each other: archways, buttresses, and ornate window traceries blend happily with chimneys, spires and other touches. The porte-cochere (carriage porch) at the entrance from the Clay Street side was recently rebuilt, and the "wedding ring" was laid on the bell tower. The Old Church, a hospitable and weather-hewn wood edifice, offers a place of solace and quiet thought. For all those who pass by, it is truly a visual delight.
Portland Korean Church

4) Portland Korean Church

You can't miss this small and beautiful church as you walk along Clay Street. It draws the attention of passersby thanks to its modest and charming architecture, and is a good example of how well genius hides in simplicity.
St. James Lutheran Church

5) St. James Lutheran Church

St. James Lutheran Church was the first English-speaking Lutheran Church in Oregon and had its beginning in 1890 in a modest wooden chapel on the corner of SW Park and Jefferson streets in downtown Portland. Over a century later, several changes have taken place. The church has grown from the small, ascetic edifice to a building complex that covers over half of a city block. The Pioneer Chapel was raised in 1891 and the main sanctuary was finished in 1907. The education building was built in 1956. And, finally, the St. James Apartment complex was completed in 1994. Over the years St. James grew not only in size, but in reaching its goal of helping people find themselves.
First Congregational United Church of Christ

6) First Congregational United Church of Christ

The First Congregational United Church of Christ was started in 1851. It is visible thanks to its grand 175-foot bell tower built in 1891. The stained glass windows create an aura of spirituality and holiness. Entering this community, you may always rely on its members, who have healthy minds and brave hearts, always ready to provide any possible help, and spirits abounding with energy, never tired of pointing the way to those who are lost.
First Baptist Church

7) First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church is designed in a popular style of the time known as Romanesque Revival. Most churches in Portland were built in some form of Gothic, which is why the church is considered unique. The pure white color of the stone of this sturdy building is the reason it was named the "white temple." All the parts of the edifice were carefully thought out and planned. The darkstone of the basement and the high-quality sandstone were ordered and brought from special places (like Rocky Butte and Washington). All the members of the community are fortunate to have such a marvelous place of worship that meets their needs as well today as it did in 1894.
First Presbyterian Church

8) First Presbyterian Church

In 1851 Portland was incorporated as a city and three years afterward the First Presbyterian Church was built. It is a very beautiful stone building with a tall steeple. Parts of the church are on the National Register of Historic Places. The church's chimes can be heard daily morning and evening.
Downtown Chapel

9) Downtown Chapel

The Downtown Chapel is placed in the very center of Old Town Portland. The Chapel was established in 1919 and has a truly colorful history. Initially incorporated as an ecumenical organization to serve veterans returning from World War I, the Downtown Chapel became a Roman Catholic parish of the Archdiocese of Portland in 1943. The Society of Jesus sponsored the parish in the 1980s, and then the Congregation of Holy Cross took over care of the parish in 1989.

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