Opened in 1766, the St. Paul's Chapel and St. Paul's Chapel is the oldest public building in continuous use in Manhattan. Positioned directly across from the World Trade Center, it served as a refuge for workers after 9/11. For eight months, hundreds of volunteers worked in 12 hour shifts, serving meals, making beds, assisting firefighters, working construction and aiding the police. Massage therapists, pediatricians, and musicians also volunteered. The Church survived without so much as a broken window. Some claim it was a miracle. Now, it's a commemorative place for victims and tourists. It's definitely a place worth visiting.
This square is located in downtown Salt Lake City, and is the center of the Church of Latter-day Saints. The place is beautiful and consists of the main temple, a big museum and several statues and monuments. Just across the street you'll also find the Family History Library. Non-mormons aren't allowed in the temple, so you can only see the outside.
In a place with some of the most expensive land per square meter in the world and where most of the buildings seem to exceed 200 meters in height, this small church which takes up almost a whole block of the Magnificent Mile seems like an odd joke. This neo-Gothic building is a Presbyterian Church that has been there for one hundred years. Both Gothic and rustic, it seems much older than it really is. Located right across the street from the John Hancock Tower, this is an oasis of peace on one of the busiest streets in the western world.
We wanted to attend a typical gospel mass, but didn't want to do it as part of a typical tour so we had a look online and this church was suggested. It faces the Marcus Garvey Park between 120th and Madison Avenues. My traveling companion didn't want to go too far north of Harlem, so this was a great place as it is located very close to Central Park, so we could walk there. We arrived early enough to sit in the second row. At the beginning, all the people who are in the church for the first time are asked to stand up so the congregation could welcome us with a song and a handshake. It was exciting, and we felt really welcome, but the sermon was a bit long and repetitive for those of us who are more used to shorter masses. But it was a nice experience, and a good way to learn a bit about how other people celebrate religion.
This small church was established in 1794 but was not appointed as a cathedral until 2001. The church is one of several Russian Orthodox churches on Kodiak Island and is beautiful inside and out. Inside the church there are no seats and during mass one has to stand all the time and Russian Orthodox priests give most of the mass in Russian.
In Chicago to the churches are skyscrapers. This is the case of the Temple Building, considered the world's tallest church. In fact, only the first 23 floors are dedicated to religious use by the Methodist church. The remainder is used for conventional offices. Located in Daley Plaza, the administrative center of Chicago, it is constructed using steel and brick in theneo-gothic style. It is topped by a bell tower that looks like it could be part of a set of a Batman movie. It is customary in this city of impressive edificiaciones, to appreciate the details of the raised portions from another skyscraper. A shame perhaps, to view the most elaborate portions from such a vantage ... In the alley adjacent, Brunswick Plaza is situated a sculpture by Joan Miró called Miro's Chicago.
This is a Russian Orthodox church on the island of Unalaska, Alaska, in the Aleutian Islands. It was built by the Russian American Fur Company in 1824. The first priest here was Ivan Veniaminov who was canonized as Saint Innocent of Alaska in 1977.
The church is gorgeous, and looks like a gem on this precious, small Alaskan island. The church has beautiful art and icons inside of it. You are allowed to attend Mass, but the Russian Orthodox masses are very long and you have to stand while Mass is being given.
St. Herman's seminary is in the city centre of Kodiak and is where men study to become priests in the Russian Orthodox religion. The church is called All Saints Church and is very small, but very rustic. The seminary is a building that looks onto apartments where the priests live and study. The priests contribute to a lot of charities for the people of Kodiak.
When my wife found out that there was a church in Milwaukee which was the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, she was enthusiastic about visiting. She was quite perplexed by what she saw. Not that the church is not nice or is in poor condition, but she was expecting to view something typical of Wright's work. In envisioning the appearance of this temple of worship of the Greek Orthodox tradition, Wright was inspired by the architecture of this religious tradition, which features domes and rounded shapes. The church is located in Waukesha a fully suburban suburb north of Milwaukee and is situated atop a small hill, surrounded by gardens that offer a view of it from some distance. The church is round, with small bumps, semicircular with a flattened dome, completed with a Greek cross. From afar, it looks like a UFO and yet some architectural details do place it within the Orthodox tradition. It is the only circular work of Wright and in fact, his most famous building, the Guggenheim New York, has these same characteristics. But in this church, without sacrificing a contemporary aesthetic, he choose to utilise some older architectural elements. Wright died before seeing this work completed and, indeed, some of the original features such as stained glass, are not of his creation. I cannot speak about its inside, as we did not manage to visit during the hours of worship, but, personally, I liked it more than I expected. In the States, all churches are neo-something: Neo-Gothic, neo-classical ... This, at least, has its own style, which makes it stand out from all the churches I know and managed to incorporate traditional features, creating a feeling of sober harmony when the whole structure is viewed.
This church is situated in the University District, in downtown Milwaukee. It is striking for its bright color and its high Gothic pinnacle. The Calvary Presbyterian Church was constructed in the mid-19th century and everything in its appearance conveys the impression of being what it is: A Protestant church. I could not visit the inside because the schedule did not permit me to, but its image fits very well with the Milwaukee Germanic origin, most noticeable were the ancient buildings.
This historic building is situated in the center of Cincinnati. It is a Presbyterian church dating from the second half of the nineteenth century. The dominant style is Neo-Gothic and it is built of cut stone. It is a temple of considerable size which I, unfortunately, always found to be closed. If someone has a particular interest in visiting, they should check the hours of service on its website. In any case, it is a familiar image in the center of the city.
This small Russian Orthodox church is located on the Kenai Peninsula in the village of Ninilchik. It is in a very secluded area with a church, from where you can see a beautiful view of the Cook Inlet (Cook Inlet) and the people themselves. The church was built in 1900 and there is a traditional Russian Orthodox cemetery nearby. For the whole area of the Kenai Peninsula there are many groups of Orthodox Russians who live very isolated lives and are very similar to the Amish, ; they still dress traditionally and maintain their customs and traditions, they also speak only Russian. These groups are called the Old Believers (Believers old). From time to time they go shopping in stores, but usually they keep themselves to themselves.
This was the first church built in Hawaii. It was completed in 1837. The land was given to the Christain missionaries, who came from Boston, by King Kamehameha III. The building is made of pieces of lava coral. The interior of the church is very simple, elegant and uses koa wood from the island. There is also a small cemetery outside. It is located on the sea front on Avenue Kailua-Kona Alii.
There's nothing like getting married in Vegas, right? The city is full of chapels, and there are more than 3000 weddings a month. But be careful, because everything is official and recorded. The oldest in the city is the Little Church of the West, located at the very beginning of the Strip, and almost opposite the sign "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas". It is very cute and all white, with a beautiful interior. This was where Angelina Jolie married Billy Bob Thornton!
This small church, located on a hill with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by mountains that spread in an expanse behind it, is one of the oldest churches in this small town on the windward side of the great island of Oahu.
The design is simple and traditional, yet still very nice.
There is proof that there is a Spanish church in Chelsea, the Church of Guadalupe. Its style is very similar to the Catholic churches in Central America. The colours are typically Spanish. The church is located in a very nice town, I recommend that you visit.
The church of All Saints is in the historic center of Worcester, the third church built at this location. What we see today is a Georgian era renovation, that took place between 1742 and 1745. Some Victorian style details were added in the nineteenth century by the famous architect Sir Aston Web. It is the largest parish church in the city, and if you go inside, you can see beautiful paintings of the church as it was throughout the past centuries. St Andrew's chapel was founded in 1932, after the union of two parishes, St. Andrew's and All Saints. Its bells date back to the seventeenth century.