Most beautiful churches and cathedrals in the U.S.

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If you are living in the US, then you should know that
you don’t have to travel to Europe for beautiful, historic churches. The
architecture of some of our churches can compete with the intricate design and
build of so many European cathedrals. The list below will make you want to
travel throughout the US and visit these incredible religious establishments.





#1. The Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Augustine, Florida





Located at 36 Valencia Street in St. Augustine, Florida,
the Memorial Presbyterian Church is one of the most impressive pieces of
architecture across the US. Many television channels catalogued the cathedral
in the past as one of the most impressive Protestant churches in the world.





The religious establishment was built in the 19th
century. The architectural plan is Carrère and Hastings’ creation, maybe one of
the most acclaimed and appreciated architectural firms across the US. Inspired by the Cattedrale
Patriarcale di San Marco in Venice
, many of the architectural details of
the building were created by using terra cotta. The same technique was used by
the vast majority of the architects of the era. Today, tourists can observe the
church’s interior with plenty of vibrant colors and a plethora of detailed
architectural elements.





#2. The Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC





The Washington National Cathedral is a religious
establishment owned by the Episcopal Church in Washington DC. The cathedral was
built in an English Gothic style that dates back from the 14th century.  It is the second largest clerical
establishment in the US.





The construction of the building started at the beginning of
the 20th century, in 1907. Theodore Roosevelt was part of the
ceremony in which the cornerstone of the building was placed. The building’s
architecture is what differentiates the cathedral from others in the US.





The Rose windows contain more than 10.000 pieces of
individually installed painted glass. The “Creation” window was installed in
1976 to celebrate the mystery and beauty of God’s creation.





The Ex Nihilo sculpture is Hart’s opera and was completed in
1982. The sculptor’s creation is a depiction of the birth of mankind and
represents a male and a female that were born from the void.





The custom
church sings
placed at the entrance blend beautifully in with the general
design and offer information on the establishment.





#3. The Wayfarers Chapel, California





Also known as the Glass Chapel, this is one of the most
intricate creations of modern times. The church was designed in the ‘40s by
Lloyd Wright. The chapel serves as a memorial to Emanuel Swedenborg,
its founder and prominent philosopher, Lutheran theologist and scientist.





Lloyd Wright created a modern, geometric design for the
chapel. The design and build are based on glass, in an attempt to incorporate
the building into the natural landscape. The delicate building and its
inclusion into the landscape, made out of the chapel a popular spot for
weddings.





#4. Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France in New Orleans,
Louisiana





Built in 1789, the cathedral is one of the most remarkable
landmarks in Louisiana. The cathedral was built in the historical part of the
city and makes it one of the most impressive cities in the US. The building is
one of the oldest Catholic religious establishments in the US that has been
used continuously. The church was initially built in 1718 from wood and had a
simplistic, crude design. In time, the building has been enlarged to satisfy
the need for a bigger space of a growing congregation.





The St. Louis Cemetery is annexed to the cathedral. Here
rest various prominent New Orleans figures, including Bernard de Marigny, Homer
Plessy and Benjamin Henry Latrobe.





The cathedral is the centerpiece and the soul of New Orleans
and attracts thousands of visitors each year.





#5. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis in St. Louis, Missouri





The building was
finished in 1914
and since then, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis is one
of the most prominent landmarks in St. Louis, Missouri. The cathedral is
located in the Central West End area of St. Louis. While of recent creation,
the plans for a majestic cathedral in the area began in the 1870s.





The remarkable cathedral was beautified in 1912 with a
series of mosaics. With more than 41.5 million glass pieces, the mosaics at the
St. Louis Cathedral make out of it a stunning architectural attraction. They
also are the second largest mosaic collection outside Russia.





Hidden in the church’s basement, visitors can find a series
of crypts and a museum.





#6. The Cathedral of Saint Paul, Minnesota





The Cathedral of Saint Paul in Minnesota is a roman catholic
church. The current body of the church was built in 1915 as the fourth
cathedral of the archdiocese. Some interesting architectural elements are the
24 stained glass windows that illuminate the church. Also, visitors can find
here a series of sculptures of impressive dimensions. The sculptures depict the
four evangelists and were created by John Ange. The placement of the sculptures
is also an impressive one, each evangelist being placed in a corner of the
church.





The cathedral is built in the Classical Renaissance-style
and features plenty of elements that can be
explored and enjoyed by visitors
.





#7. The Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas





This is an impressive chapel, designed by E. Fay Jones. The construction
features 425 windows and 6,000 square feet of glass
and is part of the
modern churches built post-WWII. The church has a minimalist architecture and
design in an attempt to minimize the costs associated with bringing the
materials in the area. Until the present time, it has been visited by more than
6 million people.





These are some of the most impressive architectural
buildings that fall into the religious establishment category. Each of them has
its own particularities and remarkable design and was built to offer comfort
and peace to each congregation. In time, these churches became landmarks of the
cities where they were built.


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