In Nebraska, you won’t find scores of enormous, ornate churches. What you will find is a lot of beautiful prairie churches with a few over-the-top ornate houses of worship here and there. Whether they’re in the middle of the city or the middle of nowhere, Nebraska truly has some lovely churches. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the churches in Nebraska or even all of the remarkable ones…they’re just 25 that we happened to find particularly interesting.
Baptist Church, Steele City
This quaint Jefferson County stone church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It no longer hosts services but is open to the public during the summer season every Sunday.
Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Grand Island
This church in the Late Gothic Revival style began construction in 1926. It was modeled after Paris' Sainte-Chapelle and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Christ Episcopal Church, Sidney
This Shingle Style church is on the National Register of Historic Places as an important representation of a significant period in Nebraska's history.
Church of Our Most Merciful Savior (Santee Mission), Santee
This truly marvelous church built in 1884 stands in the Santee Indian Reservation in Santee. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
First Presbyterian Church, Bellevue
Bellevue's city motto is "Nebraska's Oldest City," so it makes sense that the state's oldest church should be located here. The church was built around 1856-1858 in the Greek Revival style.
Hindu Temple, Omaha
This absolutely stunning temple has served the Hindu people of Omaha and surrounding areas since 1993, though construction on the traditional style elements was not completed until 1994.
Holy Family Shrine, Gretna
Though not a church by strict definition, Holy Family is too beautiful to leave out of this list. The unique building - which looks positively otherworldly when you drive by on the highway at night - was established as a place to reflect and pray. The rules of use are particularly strict to protect the Shrine as a simple, holy place.
Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stuhr Museum Grounds, Grand Island
This little church used to be the Danish Lutheran Church in Hampton. It's preserved on the Stuhr Museum grounds as a delightful example of rural Nebraskan churches.
Lincoln Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lincoln
What a breathtaking church in Lincoln! Construction was begun in 1905 and completed in 1906 for a cost of just over $5,000. The church has continued to flourish and grow ever since then.
Little Church of Keystone
This church may not be as fancy looking as the others, but its story is fantastic. In 1908 citizens of Keystone wanted to build a Catholic and a Protestant church, but the town was too small for both. Instead of arguing the issue, they simply built a double church with a Catholic altar at one end and a Protestant altar at the other. The pews can reverse to face whichever altar is being used at the time.
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Obert
This church is no longer in use, but it's just so beautiful that I can't stop looking at it and imagining the families who used to pass through those doors.
Pilgrim Holiness Church (Hay Bale Church), Arthur
When this church was built in 1928, conventional materials were scarce. So the people of Arthur used baled rye straw and a mud sealant to make this unique church which is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
St. Andrew Community Church, Spalding
This gorgeous Tudor-style building, constructed in 1904, once housed the First Presbyterian Church. An extension to the church was added in 1921, and the structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids
Built in the beautiful Romanesque Revival style, construction on St. Anthony's was completed in 1919. Today, it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Farwell
This stunning church is the oldest Polish Catholic Church in all of Nebraska.
St. Benedict's Catholic Church, Nebraska City
Founded in 1856, this lovely little church is the oldest brick church in the state.
St. Bonaventure Church, Raeville
A beautiful Romanesque Revival-style church, St. Bonaventure's construction was completed in 1919. The church and associated school and rectory are on the National Register of Historic Places.
St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha
When St. Cecilia's construction was completed in 1959, it was among the 10 largest churches in the U.S. The architectural style is Spanish Renaissance Revival, a tribute to the area's heavy Mexican and Spanish influence.
St. John's German Evangelical Lutheran Church, Near Lyons
Described on the National Register of Historic Places as "one of the finest and least altered frame churches in Nebraska," St. John's has been standing sentinel since 1902.
St. John's Greek Orthodox Church, Omaha
This church is a truly unique sight; it is the only Greek Orthodox Byzantine-style church in the area. The building is actually a former synagogue that was converted in 1951.
St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Kimball
I love the sleek, retro lines of this church.
St. Michael's Catholic Church, Tarnov
St. Michael's bears the title of the first Polish Catholic parish still operating in Nebraska. The church completed construction in 1901 and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
St. Paul United Methodist Church, Lincoln
Located in downtown Lincoln, this progressive church has served the area for more than 100 years.
Trinity Cathedral, Omaha
When construction of Trinity Cathedral finished up in 1872, it became the state's first Episcopal cathedral. The Late Gothic Revival style cathedral is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful churches in Omaha.
York First United Methodist Church, York
The congregation of this historic church was once the third largest Methodist congregation in Nebraska. The members thrived through a lack of meeting space in the early days and then a devastating fire when their beautiful brick building was destroyed in 1895. Exactly one year later, the current building was dedicated and the church has been growing and serving the community ever since.
There’s no way to include all of the amazing churches in Nebraska in just one list, so let us know in the comments: where do you think the most beautiful church in the state is?