These Are New York City’s Prettiest Churches

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No matter what your faith, anyone can appreciate the architectural beauty of these incredible New York City churches.

Scattered throughout the five boroughs, these magnificent architectural gems are available to see all year round. A testament to the cultural, religious and architectural history of the city, these churches showcase nearly 400 years of city architecture. While some no longer hold services, you can stop by to take in the beauty- any one is well worth the visit!

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s is located on 5th Avenue across from Rockefeller Center. Probably the most famous church in New York City, it’s impossible to miss with its Neo-Gothic style and impressive stained glass windows. The cathedral was completed in 1879 and can seat up to 2,200 people. It’s also home to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

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Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral

This original home to the Roman Catholic archdiocese was built over 200 years ago and is located in Chinatown. They preform daily mass in English and on Sundays, Vietnamese at their sister church on Baxter Street.

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Cathedral of St. John the Divine

St. John the Divine is the largest standing church in the US and is located near Columbia University. Construction began in 1892 and includes seven different chapels and 124 feet high ceilings.

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photo: pksbplus.com
Trinity Church

Trinity Church, an Episcopal congregation is located in the Financial District. It was consecrated in 1846 and holds services every week day and Sunday.

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photo: trinitywallstreet.org
St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church

Also located in the Financial District, St. Peter’s is technically the first Roman Catholic parish in New York. It was built in 1836 and has been declared a Nation Landmark.

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Grace Church

This Episcopal Church was build in 1846 in the French Gothic Revival style and has been dubbed a National Landmark.

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photo: gracechurchnyc.org
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

This Lutheran church located on the Upper West Side was built in 1902 and also hosts weekly services.

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Église St-Jean-Baptiste

Another example of Roman Catholicism’s presence in NYC, this church on the Upper East Side was built with French speaking Catholics in mind. Construction began in 1841 after a large congregation of French speaking inhabitants were looking for a place to worship. Daily service is still given.

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photo: wikipedia.org
Riverside

Riverside is an interdenominational parish modeled after 13th century gothic architecture. The church is located on 122nd Street and overlooks the Hudson River. The church occupies two city blocks and can seat 2,000 people. The church was built in 1927 and has hosted speakers from Martin Luther King Jr, to Nelson Mandela.

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Abyssinian Baptist Church

This church is located in Harlem on 138th Street and has been home to a large Baptist congregation since 1923. The church has played a major role in cultivating Gospel music, especially during the Harlem Renaissance.

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St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church

Another church of Episcopal denomination, this St. Barts occupies an entire city block on Park Ave between 50th and 51st streets. The church was built in 196 and features domed ceilings.

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photo: fortamsterdamnyc.blogspot.com
Church of St. Francis Xavier

The Church of St. Francis Xavier is a Roman Catholic parish in the Jesuit tradition. Focusing on interfaith dialogue, they give daily mass. Getting the chance to see the domes and arches alone are well worth the visit. Located on 16th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

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photo: sfxavier.org

 

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