The city of Charlotte has a lot of beautiful buildings and stunning modern architecture exemplified by amazing skyscrapers, posh apartment buildings and historic homes. Some of the most gorgeous elements of our city’s landscape happen to be displayed by the churches in our area. Stained glass, Victorian style architecture, and beautiful arches and chapels make these churches in Charlotte some of the prettiest around, and we’re sure they’ll take your breath away the moment you step into them.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Myers Park United Methodist Church
Myers Park United Methodist Church was founded in 1925 and is one of the most recognized landmarks in the city, standing at the corner of Queens and Providence Roads. The beautiful stonework and the elegant lines and arches of this church are especially captivating, and many people driving or walking by will slow their pace to take in this church's beauty.
Address: 1501 Queens Rd., Charlotte, NC 28207
2. Cathedral of St. Patrick
The Cathedral of St. Patrick is the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte's mother church and official Cathedral. Nestled in Charlotte's charming Dilworth neighborhood, this church consists of beautiful gray brick, amazing stained glass windows, and a brilliant copper roof that was installed in 2000. In 2007 a 700 pound bell was raised in the church's 77-foot tall bell tower, which creates a beautiful sound that fills the neighborhood every Sunday.
Address: 1621 Dilworth Rd. E, Charlotte, NC 28203
3. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is a gorgeous brick building located on Beatties Ford Road. With a Sanctuary that holds up to 3,000 people and a beautiful Ruffatti organ built in Italy, this church is an amazing place to congregate and worship. When you attend Friendship Missionary Baptist Church you'll feel at home and won't be able to stop looking around at the beauty surrounding you.
Address: 3400 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216
4. Sharon Presbyterian Church
Sharon Presbyterian Church is a charming brick church on Sharon Road that was founded in 1831 by a group of neighbors looking for a place to fellowship. This church sits on an expansive lawn surrounded by beautiful oak trees and is a hard one to miss when you are headed down Sharon Road.
Address: 5201 Sharon Rd., Charlotte, NC 28210
5. Calvary Church
Calvary Church is a non-denominational evangelical church that was founded in 1939 and whose location on Pineville-Matthews Road makes everyone who comes across it gasp in wonder. The church is recognized by its tall, pointed glass facade and the beautifully manicured lawn that rolls out in front of it.
Address: 5801 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226
6. St. Peter's Episcopal Church
St. Peter's Episcopal Church is a well-known landmark of Uptown Charlotte located on W. 7th Street. Its beautiful brick exterior and vibrant red doors create the most welcoming sight for those wandering by looking for a place of prayer.
Address: 115 W 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28202
7. Covenant Presbyterian Church
Covenant Presbyterian Church is an awesome stone and brick establishment located in the heart of Dilworth on Morehead Street. With its towering steeple and expansive campus, Covenant Presbyterian Church is one of the first things you'll notice when driving down Morehead.
Address: 1000 E Morehead St., Charlotte, NC 28204
8. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral is well-known by Charlotte locals and is the only Eastern Orthodox Cathedral in the State of North Carolina. Holy Trinity's exterior emphasizes typical Greek Architecture and is breathtaking with its large domes and strong crosses that top each tower of the church. And if you haven't been to the church's annual Greek Festival you must put it on your list for this year!
Address: 600 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203
9. St. Peter's Catholic Church
St. Peter's Catholic Church is another Uptown Church that is a familiar building on S. Tryon Street. Located directly across from the Bechtler Museum of Art, the small brick church is a warm sight for those passing by each day. The inside of the church is even more beautiful than the outside as it's full of stained glass windows and beautiful historic etchings.
Address:507 S Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
10. First United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church portrays a slightly Gothic style of architecture with its large columns and pointed arches over the doors. This church may make you feel small as you are standing at its doors, but it has one of the most welcoming congregations in the QC.
Address: 501 N Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202
11. Little Church on the Lane
The Little Church on the Lane is a tiny little Moravian Church in Elizabeth neighborhood. The church was founded in the 1920's and was one of the first churches ever built in its area. While small and simple, the church's brick exterior and cozy interior is beautifully peaceful and serene.
Address: 522 Moravian Ln., Charlotte, NC 28207
12. Davidson College Presbyterian Church
While this church isn't technically in Charlotte, we had to put it on our list because of it's stunning surroundings. Davidson College Presbyterian Church is located about 30 minutes north of Charlotte on Davidson's beautiful college campus. With a collegiate style exterior and a beautiful college quad surrounding it, this church is a must see of you're looking for small-town charm.
Address: 100 N Main St., Davidson, NC 28036
What is your favorite church in Charlotte? Tell us why it’s your favorite in the comments.