The churches around Detroit provide such amazing and alluring architecture to the city; we can’t help but to stare at them when we drive past them. Whether you are a member of one of these 12 exquisite churches or not, each one holds rich history that should be appreciated.
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1. Christ Church Detroit
Built in 1863, Christ Church Detroit is the oldest protestant church in Michigan. It is still located at the same grounds of where it was first built 154 years ago!
Christ Church Detroit is located at 960 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit, Michigan, MI 48207.
2. Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church
Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church is a historic Romanesque Revival church complex. It's a massive rock and sandstone structure. What makes it most unique is its gold statue of Mary erected at the very top of the church. The church is located at 5930 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202.
3. Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Parish
Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Parish was built in 1886 and is the second oldest continuously running Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. This gorgeous structure is designed in the Gothic Revival style. It faces a grand brick plaza and even has four gargoyles at the main entrance.
Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Parish is located at 1000 Sainte Anne St., Detroit, Michigan.
4. Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church
Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church was built in 1893 and is the largest Roman Catholic Church in Detroit. It was constructed in a beautiful Gothic Revival architectural style and it has served a large portion of the Polish community through most of the twentieth century.
Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church is located at 4440 Russell St., Detroit, Michigan 48207.
5. St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church
St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church was founded in 1855 and is a historic German Catholic Church. It displays some of the best examples of Victorian Gothic Architecture.
St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church is located at 1828 Jay St., Detroit, MI 48207.
6. Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church
Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church was built in 1911 in Late Gothic Revival style. Sadly, it is now abandoned, but its interior is marvelous to look at.
Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church is located at 44 W Philadelphia St., Detroit, MI 48202.
7. Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
Historic Trinity Lutheran Church is more than 150 years old and its blocky exterior fits its German origins. The inside is a wondrous sight to see, with stained glass on every windowpane.
Historic Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 1345 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, MI 48207.
8. Historic First Congregational Church of Detroit
Historic First Congregational Church of Detroit was established on December 25, 1844. It was built and designed in a blend of the Romanesque and Byzantine styles. It is located at 33 E Forest Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.
9. Old St. Mary's Catholic Church
Old St. Mary's Catholic Church is the third oldest Roman Catholic Church in Detroit. It is in the heart of Greektown in downtown Detroit. You'll be amazed at its beauty once you take a step inside.
Old St. Mary's Catholic Church is located at 646 Monroe Ave., Detroit, MI 48226.
10. Fort Street Presbyterian
Fort Street Presbyterian was constructed in 1855 and completely rebuilt in 1876. It has an ornately detailed Gothic Revival Architectural style and its central stained glass window illuminates the sanctuary.
Fort Street Presbyterian is located at 631 W Fort St., Detroit, MI 48226.
11. St. John's Episcopal Church Detroit
St. John's Episcopal Church is an antebellum-era church built in 1859. The church has seen the neighborhood change from farms to residential and commercial properties; with Tigers Stadium right next door and Ford Field only a couple of block away.
St. John's Episcopal Church is located at 50 E Fisher Fwy., Detroit, MI 48201.
12. The Cathedral Church of St. Paul
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul is in the heart of Midtown and was constructed by noted architect Ralph Adams Cram. The building remains unfinished; the bell tower was never completed.
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul is located at 4800 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.
Are there any other houses of worship in Detroit we missed on this list? Let us know in the comment section below!