Religious Tour of Rochester, Rochester (Self Guided)

The city of Rochester's community is diverse and thus many religions are observed within its borders. The spiritual attitude is reflected by the historic churches, their congregations and architectural elements. Take this tour and discover the most interesting and beautiful religious venues.
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Religious Tour of Rochester Map

Guide Name: Religious Tour of Rochester
Guide Location: USA » Rochester (See other walking tours in Rochester)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Author: Linda
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Downtown United Presbyterian Church

1) Downtown United Presbyterian Church

The Downtown United Presbyterian Church was established in 1974, as a result of the collision of three historic religious sites - First, Brick and Central Presbyterian Churches. The present building, which houses the church, was built in 1860 and restored in 1904, featuring classic Romanesque style. Thus the church has deep roots in the community's spiritual life, gathering a lot of people together and serving the religious interests of the three congregations.
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St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church

2) St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church

St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Episcopal Church, also known as Two Saints, was formed as a result of the union of two congregations in 1988. But the former church, the oldest one in the city, was built on this site in 1824. It is an original example of 19th-century Gothic Revival style. This multi-ethnic and progressive parish church provides spiritual growth through education and religious services, hosting many important ceremonies for believers who come and hear the word of God.
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St Mary's Church

3) St Mary's Church

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church and Rectory are located in downtown Rochester. It was created in 1834 as Rochester's second Roman Catholic parish, after St. Patrick's Parish. The cornerstone of the church was blessed 18 September 1853 by Bishop of Buffalo John Timon. The building was dedicated, with Timon presiding, on 24 October 1858. The architect of the church is unknown, but design influences of Richard Upjohn and other church architects are apparent. A brick rectory was built in 1905, replacing an earlier rectory. A spire and bell tower, designed by Richard B. Arnold were added in 1939-1940. The north tower may have been intended to have a spire originally, but financial difficulties may have precluded adding it earlier. The church and rectory were added to the National Register of Historic Places on 12 March 1992.

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First Universalist Church

4) First Universalist Church

The roots of First Universalist Church were established in 1819. The church's building, which was built in 1907, is included in the National Register of Historic Places, highlighting the beauty and history of its Romanesque architecture, which was inspired by the nearly 1500 year-old Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul. First Universalist's community provides important programs for children, youth and adults, having as its purpose to enrich and deepen the spiritual attitude of people.
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Christ Church

5) Christ Church

Christ Church is mentioned in the National Register of Historic Places, thanks to its impressive building of Gothic Revival architectural style, built in 1894. The church's liturgy is accompanied by musical compositions interpreted by the choir. It also houses the internationally renowned Craighead-Saunders organ, especially built for the church. The spacious building hosts important ceremonies and services, which are of interest to a lot of people.
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All Saints Anglican Church

6) All Saints Anglican Church

All Saints Anglican Church, which is part of the Anglican Church in North America, was founded with the purpose of serving the Anglican Christian community and keep Anglican history and heritage holy. It is a parish that uses the Bible's teachings and sayings as inspiration and as the main guideline for their worships and prayers. The church also has educational and practical programs, the organization of which is based on Orthodox Anglican traditions.
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Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church

7) Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church

Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church was established in 1848 and since 1992 it is part of the National Register of Historic Places. It is also known as Our Lady of Victory/St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, because of the unification with St. Joseph, a parish that was destroyed by fire. The church was built in 1868 and featured Early Romanesque Revival with some elements of Barrocco. The architect was Andrew Ackson Warner. The church's community is a welcoming and caring one, with more than 700 members, who achieve their peace and happiness through worship and sharing.
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Salem United Church of Christ

8) Salem United Church of Christ

Salem United Church of Christ, which originated in the Protestant reformation, was established in 1873, with the goal of having a bigger place of worship in which to serve the German immigrants. The main features of the church's building, designed in Romanesque Revival Style, are the twin towers and the arched windows. The church can also boast a nice interior, which hosts many events and ceremonies, and its pipe organ, built in 1923.

Walking Tours in Rochester, New York

Create Your Own Walk in Rochester

Create Your Own Walk in Rochester

Creating your own self-guided walk in Rochester 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.
Eastern Walk of Rochester

Eastern Walk of Rochester

The city of Rochester can boast many interesting and worthwhile places that reflect beauty, history, culture and nature, each of them able to impress and teach something new. Take this guide in order to discover entertaining offers within the city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Downtown Orientation Walk

Downtown Orientation Walk

Overlooking Lake Ontario from the American side, Rochester, NY is one of the "most livable" cities in the U.S. Apart from the Genesee River’s High Falls, downtown Rochester abounds in many other, man-made attractions: cultural spots, historic and architectural landmarks. Among them the Kodak Tower, the National Museum of Play, the Memorial Art Gallery and more.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Brown's Race Historic District Tour

Brown's Race Historic District Tour

Brown's Race area is one of the most valuable districts in the city, illustrating the inceptions of many important brands and inventions. The area comprises historic buildings, which houses valuable factories, and gives you the opportunity to get familiar with Rochester's industrial history. Take this tour and discover the wonders of Brown's Race district.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Neighbourhood of The Arts Tour in Rochester

Neighbourhood of The Arts Tour in Rochester

One of the most interesting and worthwhile visiting areas of Rochester is The Neighbourhood of the Arts, a place vibrating with creativity and talent. It includes valuable museums, galleries, artist studios and other cultural institutions that can be discovered by taking this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Rochester 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 Rochester 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 Rochester, 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.