Religious Tour of Hamilton (Self Guided), Hamilton

Religious life in Hamilton is channelled into many congregations, which are spreading different religions and providing space for worship for everybody. Take this tour and discover the oldest and most attractive churches with very impressive architecture and rich history.
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Religious Tour of Hamilton Map

Guide Name: Religious Tour of Hamilton
Guide Location: Canada » Hamilton (See other walking tours in Hamilton)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: Linda
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • St. Paul's Presbyterian Church
  • James St Baptist Church
  • McNab Presbyterian Church
  • Central Presbyterian Church
  • St Joseph's Church
  • Melrose United Church
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Christ Church Cathedral

1) Christ Church Cathedral

Christ's Church Cathedral, the cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara was built in 1835, it is the oldest extant Anglican cathedral in anglophone Canada. The building has an unusual construction history. Originally a stuccoed wooden Palladian-Baroque structure designed by Robert Charles Wetherall, it was incrementally transformed into stone Decorated Gothic, initially to an 1848 design by William Thomas, with Thomas’s chancel and the first two bays of his nave being added to Wetherall's existing wooden church, the resulting hybrid being dubbed “the humpback church.”

The stone gothic nave was completed to a further design by Henry Langley in 1876, the original wooden portion having been demolished in 1872 to clear room for it and, inter alia, the chancel extended in 1924–25. Meanwhile, Thomas, in a state of indignation over the perverse use to which the Anglicans had put his design, took it to the Presbyterians, who built the still-standing St Paul’s Church to Thomas’s plan for Christ’s Church. Christ's Church has ornately carved west doors and fine stained glass windows.

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St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

2) St John's Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church is quite interesting, both from an architectural point of view and from a religious one. It was constructed in Gothic Revival architectural style. The building was established in 1882 as St. Paul's Baptist Church, later renamed St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and finally in 1955 was rededicated to St. John. Being a bilingual congregation, the services take place in two languages, English and German.
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St. Paul's Presbyterian Church

3) St. Paul's Presbyterian Church (must see)

St. Paul's Presbyterian Church is one of the most beautiful churches in Hamilton, with beautiful English-Gothic architecture, interesting elements and stained glass windows. It was built during a period of four years, from 1854 to 1857, and now it is part of the National Historic Site. The Cross of Sacrifice, erected by the congregation in 1921, is of interest as it is dedicated to those who died in the two world wars.
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James St Baptist Church

4) James St Baptist Church

Another architectural masterpiece of Hamilton, with a high religious value is James St. Baptist Church. It was established between 1878 and 1882, by the appreciated architect Joseph Connolly. Such elements as geometric patterns and pointed windows reflect the tendencies of the thirteenth century. The interior of the church is also imposing, with its division into a nave and aisles and its amazingly decorated altar.
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McNab Presbyterian Church

5) McNab Presbyterian Church

McNab Presbyterian Church was built in 1854, as a result of the expanding of the Knox Free Church Congregation and the necessity for a new place of worship. The building was designed by architect Isaac Buchanan in Gothic Revival style. The first establishment was a wooden church with a small capacity, but was reconstructed two years later, when a stone building was set by Scottish stonemasons. Until 1954, some important additions were built. The church is remarkable for its design and simplicity, which makes it very attractive.
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Central Presbyterian Church

6) Central Presbyterian Church

The origins of the Central Presbyterian Church dates back to 1841, when the congregation was formed from only ten members and two adherents. The former place of worship was a schoolhouse at Jackson and MacNab streets, and later, in 1858, a bigger stone church was built but destroyed by fire. The congregation moved to the present site, where the beautiful new church was established and recently redecorated. The current structure was designed by architect John M. Lyle in Georgian style, and built in 1908.
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St Joseph's Church

7) St Joseph's Church

St Joseph's Church has a rich history of about one hundred years, the period during which it spread the Catholic religion and received numerous devoted worshippers. At first, the services of the congregation were held in a little wooden church, known as The German Mission Church. But the necessity for more space led to the construction of this Roman-Catholic parish, completed on June 24, 1894, and dedicated to St. Joseph. It was built in Gothic Revival architectural style.
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Melrose United Church

8) Melrose United Church

Melrose United Church is one of the most impressive churches in the region. Its congregation, which forms a union with Charlton Avenue Methodist Church and Westmount Presbyterian Church, was founded and consolidated on November 13, 1925, while the building which houses the church was established on March 31, 1929. Besides the usual services, the church also offers guitar classes and chorus meetings.

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