Some of the oldest and most beautiful architecture in the world comprises houses of worship, and Pennsylvania is no exception to the rule. With Christianity as the dominant religion in the state, there are numerous cathedrals and chapels here that display breathtaking attention to detail and size. Here are ten of the most beautiful churches in Pennsylvania.
1. Cathedral Basilica Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, the largest Roman Catholic church in Pennsylaniva, is the seat of the diocese of Philadelphia and a national historic monument.
The pipe organ comprises over 4,500 pipes.
2. Christ Church, Philadelphia
Christ Church is the original American Episcopal church. This sketch from 1876 shows it standing beautiful as it still does today.
Christ Church is a popular tourist destination as well as the site of regular Episcopal services.
3. First Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh
One of the oldest Presbyterian churches in Western PA, First Presbyterian Church is nestled in downtown Pittsburgh.
It contains fourteen Tiffany stained glass windows.
4. St. Joseph Church, Erie
Wow, check out that ceiling. The beautiful dark blue fresco with white speckles imitates the deep night sky.
5. Covenant Presbyterian Church, Scranton
This stunning church in Scranton contains a labyrinth, which is a spiritual tool for meditation and healing.
6. St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Villanova
One of the most gorgeous university churches in the county, the St. Thomas of Villanova Church is an icon of the Main Line. It is a popular spot for alumni weddings and funerals.
7. Cathedral of St. Paul, Pittsburgh
St. Paul's Cathedral is the center of the Catholic diocese in Pittsburgh, located in North Oakland.
8. Arch Street United Methodist Church, Philadelphia
The Arch St. Church is a Philadelphia architectural treasure that is even older than City Hall.
9. Sleighton School Chapel, Edgmont
Sleighton School has sat empty since 2001 when the school closed, yet its gorgeous, small chapel still stands.
10. Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Bryn Athyn
Last but definitely not least, the Bryn Athyn Cathedral may be the largest and most beautiful church on this list. It is the episcopal seat of The General Church of the New Jerusalem.
All of these churches are gorgeous, but I’m sure there are plenty more. What beautiful churches do you know of in Pennsylvania?