Religious Walking Tour of Houston, Houston (Self Guided)

Houston, founded in 1837, has grown into one of the biggest cities in the USA. This city features a large number of churches that are of great historical and/or architectural interest to visitors. Take this walking tour to discover some of the most acclaimed religious buildings in Houston.
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Religious Walking Tour of Houston Map

Guide Name: Religious Walking Tour of Houston
Guide Location: USA » Houston (See other walking tours in Houston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Author: doris
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Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church

1) Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church

Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, built in 1927, was designed by well-known architect William Ward Watkin, who also led the construction of nearby Rice University. It is based on the Church of Maria de Miracoli in Venice. This church is on the National Register of Historic Places.
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St. Paul's Methodist Church

2) St. Paul's Methodist Church

The St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is one of the most visited churches in all of Houston. It is located in the Hermann Park area of town. It was built in 1903, so it is well over 100 years old now. The land for the building came from Ellen Ross. She donated money and property in honor of her son, after he recovered from a very serious illness. At the time, it was on the south side of town, and the Museum District did not exist. The structure was designed by Milan & McGowen.

The church was done in a Grecian style of architecture. The dome, though, was done in a Byzantine style, so it is quite striking in relation to the rest of the exterior. On a different note, the building houses one of the largest pipe organs in the United States. In fact, they are the largest in Texas. There is also a beautiful bell tower here that has been done in a stone Gothic style. It could easily have been set in some European town.

The church is well known in the area for keeping a traditional style of worship. The local congregation is also quite socially active in the area.
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First Presbyterian Church of Houston

3) First Presbyterian Church of Houston

The First Presbyterian Church is a very famous house of worship in Houston. It is perhaps best known by the fact that Sam Houston used to attend services here. It was started in 1845. Back then, it was just a small pine church that used whale oil lamps for lighting. A more formal structure was built in 1896. The church was badly damaged by fire in 1932, but was completely renovated in short order. The church has a colonial look, but has a Byzantine style dome and a beautiful bell tower.

In modern times, the church has over 4700 members. It is located in the Museum District of town. Besides being a house of worship, it also houses a school for children ages 2 through the 8th grade of education. The congregation has also historically been very active in other local charities in the area. Dr. Allen Hutcheson of this church was also one of the first medical missionaries to China. So, there is a rich history of service here.
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St Matthew Lutheran Church

4) St Matthew Lutheran Church

This Lutheran church is located on Main Street in the Museum District. The church was founded in 1925, through the efforts of Rev. R.A. Jesse. Originally, the church was located in a red brick building on the corner of Westheimer and Ralph. The church moved to its current location in 1938.
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First Unitarian Universalist Church

5) First Unitarian Universalist Church

First Unitarian Universalist Church is located in a modest building on Fannin Street. It is famous for its social activism and was the first church in Houston to racially desegregate. The church is actively involved in many different educational, cultural, and charity programs. It welcomes people of diverse ages, sexual orientation, gender identities, theologies, ethnic backgrounds and religious heritages.
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South Main Baptist Church

6) South Main Baptist Church

This house of worship is located in the midtown section of Houston. At one point in time, the church was named the “Church of the Year” by Guidepost Magazine, which ought to tell you a bit about the organization.

It was founded in the year 1903, and was originally called the Tuam Baptist Church. It moved to the present day location in the year 1930, and has been a prominent part of the midtown landscape since. During the early years of the place, it used to be the temporary location for the University of Houston.

The building plans for the present day structure were started in 1924. The firm of Sanguinet, Staats, Hedrick and Gottlieb were hired as the designers. The congregation celebrated its 100th birthday not too many years ago. The church has long been known for its belief in Baptist roots, but has also been a haven for progressive thinking. For instance, the church has long been an advocate of civil rights and having women in ministry. The congregation is currently independent. For the first 90 years of the church’s existence, though, it was a member of the Southern Baptist Convention of Churches.
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Trinity Episcopal Church

7) Trinity Episcopal Church

The Trinity Episcopal Church was founded in the year 1893, which makes it one of the older churches in the midtown section of Houston, Texas. It was founded as a mission church from Christ Church, in order to minister to the new community that was forming in the Midtown area at the turn of the 20th Century. It is the second oldest Episcopal Church in town.

The church building itself is a beautiful example of neo-Gothic architecture. In fact, it is one of the best examples of church in town. When you go on the inside, you will also be in for a treat. The local congregation has a remarkably well restored 1918 Pilcher Pipe Organ that plays wonderful music. The building also has some of the best stained glass in town. The structure was designed by the famous architectural firm of Cram and Ferguson.

In the history of this congregation, it has produced 7 clergy who have gone on to become Episcopal Bishops. In addition, famous people like Walter Cronkite and Dr. Denton Cooley have been members of this famous Houston church. It is worth a visit.
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Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

8) Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

This house of worship is the largest Eastern Orthodox congregation in Houston. It was founded in 1950, and was supported by the local Greek Community of the area. The name of the church derives from the worship of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, and regularly celebrates the festival of the Annunciation every March 25th.

For the longest time during the 1950’s, this was the official Cathedral for most of the Midwestern States. Bishop Lakovos of Catania set this church as his home of residence. By 1965 though, the official seat of the Bishop was moved to Denver, Colorado.

The overall complex includes the cathedral style sanctuary, as well as the Polemanakos Educational Building. There is also a beautiful Athletic Center here, as well as a banquet facility that can handle 500 people. If you would like to know more about the Greek Orthodox Church, you might want to visit the bookstore located on campus. Every year in October, the church hosts a Greek Festival. It occurs on the first weekend of the month. So, if you are in the Houston area then, you may want to go and visit the Greek Festival here. It has been going on continuously since 1967, and is a great time. The event will have 40,000 visitors in around a 4 day period.
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Chapel of St. Basil

9) Chapel of St. Basil

This chapel is located on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. You will find it on the north side of the area, near the Academic Mall. It sits directly across from the Doherty Library. The whole complex of buildings has been designed to represent various aspects of academic endeavor.

The church is easy to spot for the beautiful golden dome located on top. It was completed in 1997, and was designed by the famous architect Philip Johnson. Designer himself has described this type of architecture used in the design as “deconstructionist.” You may also be struck by the dark material used in the outer building, it stands out well.

The design of the building accentuates the concave “stations of the cross” display on the inside. The altar is also quite stunning to see. The patron saint is St. Basil, who was the Bishop of Caesarea in Pontus about 100 years after the death of Jesus Christ. He was also a very famous theologian. His teachings formed the basis of the rules used by the monks of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Houston, Texas

Create Your Own Walk in Houston

Create Your Own Walk in Houston

Creating your own self-guided walk in Houston 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.
Cultural Walk in Houston

Cultural Walk in Houston

Whether you are keen on art or just eager to see one more piece of Houston, this cultural tour will reward your interest. Houston has an extensive Theater District, located downtown, not to mention numerous galleries and other artistic venues. Take this walk and enjoy Houston's most famous cultural institutions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Downtown Orientation Walk

Downtown Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Live Music Clubs Tour of Houston

Live Music Clubs Tour of Houston

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
Houston's Landmarks Tour

Houston's Landmarks Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Houston Architecture Walk

Houston Architecture Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Museums Walk in Houston

Museums Walk in Houston

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Houston 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 Houston 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 Houston, 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.