USA March 14, 2018
11 Stunning Churches Around The U.S. That Will Take Your Breath Away
Whether majestic or quaint, towering or hidden away, America has a love affair with beautiful churches. Regardless of their setting in the midst an idyllic countryside, standing proudly alone for all to see, or tucked in the midst of a busy downtown area, America’s beloved churches speak of great history, triumph, perseverance, and faith. Here are 11 stunning churches from around the United States that are guaranteed to take your breath away:
1. St. Paul Cathedral - St. Paul, Minnesota
The beautiful church is considered one of the most distinctive cathedrals in the U.S. It is located on Cathedral Hill overlooking downtown St. Paul.
As beautiful as the cathedral's exterior is, it pales to its exquisite interior. The current building opened in 1915.
2. St. Joseph's Church - Maui, Hawaii
This picturesque church was established in 1862.
It is located on the south side of Haleakala on the road past Hana.
3. First Presbyterian Church - Urbana, Ohio
This historic and beautiful stone church has been part of the community here for more than 120 years.
It's traditional interior features beautiful woodwork and ornate details as well as stunning stain glass windows.
4. Heinz Memorial Chapel - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Heinz Memorial Chapel is a nondenominational chapel given by the H.J. Heinz family to the University of Pittsburgh.
It was dedicated in 1938 and is breathtaking inside.
5. Oysterville Church - Ocean Park, Washington
This historic church was built in 1892.
The interior remains simple and humble, just as it was constructed. This church lets its incredible surroundings do the talking!
6. St. Patrick's Cathedral - New York City
The cornerstone of stunning St. Patrick’s Cathedral was laid in 1858 and doors were opened in 1879.
The opulent and awe-inspiring interior attracts visitors year-round.
7. Memorial Presbyterian Church - Saint Augustine, Florida
This church is Florida's oldest and was established in 1824.
Its beautiful interior is reflective of the architecture and colors of the area.
8. Stanford Memorial Church - Stanford, California
The elaborate church stands at the center of Stanford University, and is considered the campus' architectural crown jewel.
The chapel attracts the faithful as well as the curious.
9. Pagosa Springs Church - Colorado
This old country church overlooks the town.
There are hitching posts to the back where visitors can tie their horse and venture inside.
10. Yosemite Valley Chapel - California
The modest but enchanting church is in the valley of one of the most beautiful places in America.
Regardless of the season, it is a perfect complement to a spectacular landscape, complete with a large waterfall out its back door.
11. Chapel of Thanksgiving - Dallas, Texas
This strange-looking non-denominational church is a place for giving thanks.
A look upward toward the sky and the stained glass windows provides inspiration.
Have you visited any of these beautiful churches? Which other ones would you add to this list? We’d love for you to share your thoughts and any photos you have taken of stunning places of worship across America.
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