America has some downright gorgeous churches. Exquisite architecture, elaborate stained glass windows, and exceptional sculptures are just a few things America’s extraordinary churches have in common. Each of these churches have a very intriguing history as well. And when it comes to appreciating the beauty and the past of America’s churches, your religious affiliation doesn’t matter.
The Memorial Presbyterian Church was built in 1889 by Henry Flagler and is the oldest Presbyterian Church in Florida. The church was built in honor of Flagler’s daughter, Jennie Benedict, who passed away due to complications from childbirth during the church’s construction. The stained glass windows, which were designed by Flagler, are just one of the Memorial Presbyterian Church’s beautiful features. The Memorial Presbyterian Church is also known for its incomparable carvings in pews and doors and its floor which was created using square and rectangular titles in a variety of sizes. CNN also named this structure as one of the eight religious wonders in the United States.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
New York City
St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one of New York City’s renowned landmarks as well as a National Historic Landmark. The creation of the Neo-Gothic cathedral, occurred between 1858 and 1878, but building was put on hold during the Civil War. St. Patrick’s Cathedral extends across a whole city block and can house over 2,000 people. The cathedral’s 330 feet spires and marble exterior are just two of the structure’s many beautiful features. Other St. Patrick’s Cathedral highlights include gorgeous stained glass windows, the award winning Stations of the Cross art work, and multiple stone alters.
Construction of the San Francisco de Asis Church began in 1772, but wasn’t finished until 1815. In 1970, the church was proclaimed a National Historic Landmark. It is made up of adobe, a combination of sand, clay, water, and organic material such as straw or sticks. To preserve the church, the walls are lined with a new layer of adobe each spring. The San Francisco de Asis Church, commonly called the Ranchos Church, became well-known due to paintings and photos done by artist Georgia O’Keefe’s photographer Ansel Adams. Many visitors rave about “The Mystery Painting,” by Henry Ault, which is located inside the church.
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Mellie loves to travel and explore America’s many attractions. She is also an active member of the Christian ministry, Drawing Near to God, which strives to draw women closer to God through its daily devotions and bible studies.