Top Religious Buildings (Self Guided), London

London has numerous places of worship. The diversity of architectural styles and rich decorative features of the city’s churches and cathedrals continue to catch tourists’ eyes and give locals warm congregational communities. Take the following self-guided tour to visit London’s most prominent religious buildings.
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Top Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Top Religious Buildings
Guide Location: Canada » London (See other walking tours in London)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Author: sabrina
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church
  • Dundas Street Centre United Church
  • First-St Andrew's United Church
  • Metropolitan United Church
  • Saint Peter's Cathedral Basilica
  • Saint Paul's Cathedral
  • First Christian Reformed Church
  • New St. James Presbyterian Church
Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church

1) Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church

Bishop Cronyn Memorial was erected in 1873, and named in honour of the first Bishop of the Diocese of Huron in 1955. Benjamin Cronyn and his descendants are known to have been actively involved in the church’s affairs. The church-memorial has a modest, yet unique design. The elegant tower and the ornate series of windows on its façade create that distinctive ‘fairy-tale’ look that makes this old church an attractive historical landmark.
Dundas Street Centre United Church

2) Dundas Street Centre United Church

Dundas Street Centre United Church is another beautiful Methodist church built in Romanesque architectural style at the end of the 19th century on the site of an old Gothic yellow-brick church. With the decorated tower and large dome, this impressive red-brick church is recognized as a designated historic site in London. The main highlights of the church’s interior include a tall organ with over 3,000 pipes, a unique semicircular balcony, carved wood frescoes and Victorian stained glass designs.
First-St Andrew's United Church

3) First-St Andrew's United Church

First St. Andrew's is another beautiful church of the largest Protestant denomination in Canada - the United Church. The sharp tall tower of the church decorated with four-turret small arches and tall windows has prominent Romanesque architectural features. St. Andrew's is known for its friendly Christian community and exceptional singing of the service. The interior is decorated with wooden features, stained glass and a carved balcony where the pipe organ is located and the choir performs.
Metropolitan United Church

4) Metropolitan United Church

The magnificent Metropolitan United Church was built in the best traditions of Romanesque Revival architectural style. The name of the Metropolitan United Church was adopted in the middle of the 20th century, replacing the former United Church of Canada. This large church has a huge congregation of over 1,000 people. The enormous cost of construction, furnishings and decorations of the church have paid off – today, the ornate bell tower rises 170 feet into the air and the beautiful designs of the church’s numerous-turret arch windows has secured it a spot among the city’s most prominent landmarks.
Saint Peter's Cathedral Basilica

5) Saint Peter's Cathedral Basilica (must see)

The origins of the foundation of Saint Peter’s Cathedral Basilica date back to 1834 when the parish was established here; it was known as Saint Lawrence. The old church burned down along with numerous other buildings in the London fire of 1845. In 1880 the city gained a fine example of a French Gothic Revival church designed by John Connolly. It has an ornate twin-tower façade and a richly decorated interior. In 1961 this Roman Catholic Church received the status of Basilica from Pope John XXII. Today Saint Peter’s Church is the seat of the Diocese of London.
Saint Paul's Cathedral

6) Saint Paul's Cathedral (must see)

Saint Paul’s Cathedral is a beautiful terra cotta church, home of the Diocese of Huron – a division of the Anglican Church of Canada. It was built in 1845 in Gothic Revival architectural style by English architect William Thomas, who contributed to over twenty other buildings in Ontario. Originally the towers included six bells, but in 1901 another four were added and in 1935 they were recast into eleven. The oldest church in the city, St Paul’s Cathedral has an ornate interior decorated with carved wood frescoes and beautiful stained glass designs. The church has a large congregation with good traditions of Mass services and other religious events. The designated plaque installed in 2006 officially crowns the Cathedral as a Heritage Property of the City of London.
First Christian Reformed Church

7) First Christian Reformed Church

The fairly modest facade of the First Christian Reformed Church is complemented by its ornate interior, wooden balcony and tall pipe organ. The Church plays an important role in local community life - numerous events, cultural and religious gatherings unite young and old in the celebration of the Son's sacrifice. Renovations are being carried out here to build an extension that would provide more space for a nursery, educational areas and playground space for children.
New St. James Presbyterian Church

8) New St. James Presbyterian Church

New St. James Presbyterian Church has played a vital role in the local community since 1833, when Scottish immigrants formed a Church here. The word ‘Presbyterian’ comes from the Greek word meaning ‘rule by elders’. This large red brick building was built at the very end of the 19th century. The church has diverse educational and worship programs for its various groups: Boomers Friendship Group, College and Careers, Choir, Service Group and many others.

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