Pittsburgh’s rich religious history is reflected in the many churches that dot its landscape. Many of Pittsburgh’s churches welcome both churchgoers of all ethnicities for regular services and visitors to tour their breathtaking buildings. Here are 10 beautiful churches in Pittsburgh that will leave you absolutely speechless.
1. St. Anthony Chapel - 1704 Harpster Street
St. Anthony's Chapel holds the distinction of housing the most Catholic relics in the world at 5,000 – second only to the Vatican. The chapel welcomes visitors Saturday through Thursday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and for the scheduled liturgies.
2. St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church - 109 S 7th Street
Constructed in 1895, St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church added onto its original building in 1917. The Byzantine-style church, which is currently undergoing restoration, welcomes parishioners of all ethnicities.
3. St. Paul's Cathedral - 108 N Dithridge Street
Dating back to 1906, St. Paul's Cathedral in Oakland plays a prominent role, as the Mother Church, in the Catholic diocese in Pittsburgh. Three masses are held daily during the week in the historic cathedral. The 8 a.m. service on Sundays is also televised.
4. First Lutheran Church Pittsburgh - 615 Grant Street
The First Lutheran Church's history dates back to 1837 but the current architectural masterpiece didn't open until 1888. During its extensive history, the church has been renovated and restored and it welcomes churchgoers daily for its scheduled services.
5. Calvary United Methodist Church - 971 Beech Avenue
Architects designed Calvary United Methodist Church as a Parlor Church, a smaller version of the European churches of the late 1800s. When it opened in 1895, the church featured three of the world's largest (at the time) Tiffany windows. Churchgoers are welcome at the church's regular services each Sunday.
6. Heinz Memorial Chapel - 4200 Fifth Avenue
Heinz Memorial Chapel in Oakland has welcomed churchgoers of all denominations since it first opened in 1938. The non-denominational chapel offers tours led by a church docent during the chapel's normal hours of Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
7. First Presbyterian Church Pittsburgh - 320 Sixth Avenue
The First Presbyterian Church has deep roots in Pittsburgh, dating back to the late 1700s. Construction on the current church began in 1903. Guided tours of the church are offered each Sunday after the 10:45 a.m. mass.
8. Emmanuel Episcopal Church - 957 W North Avenue
Emmanuel Episcopal Church's rich 145 year history began in the 1860s. Designed by architect H.H. Richardson, the small church is often likened to a loaf of bread or an oven due to its unique style. Weekly services are held each Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
9. St. Mary of the Mount Parish - 403 Grandview Avenue
St. Mary of the Mount Parish, high atop Mount Washington, opened in 1873 and today features both a church and a 24-hour chapel, the latter of which never closes and draws visitors from around the world. Churchgoers can also attend daily mass at the church itself.
10. East Liberty Presbyterian Church - 116 S Highland Avenue
East Liberty Presbyterian Church or the Cathedral of Hope's vibrant history began in 1819 but its current doors officially opened in 1935. With a design inspired by the Gothic churches of Europe, the Cathedral of Hope hosts tours of the cathedral periodically and holds regularly scheduled worship services each week.
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