7 Most Beautiful Churches in America


You don’t have to travel all the way to Europe to see historic, beautiful, and architecturally stunning churches or chapels. Check out these seven incredibly beautiful churches/chapels located right here in the United States.

7 Most Beautiful Churches in America:

1. Memorial Presbyterian Church // St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine Benefactor Henry Morrison Flagler provided the funds for the building of Memorial Presbyterian Church in 1889 in honor of his daughter who died following complications from childbirth, hence the name Memorial. Inspired by St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the church was built in the Second Renaissance Revival style.

2. Cathedral of St Paul // St. Paul, Minnesota

This Roman Catholic Cathedral opened in 1915 and overlooks the city of St. Paul. The cathedral was dedicated to the Apostle Paul. In 2009, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops declared the cathedral to be a National shrine.

3. Washington National Cathedral // Washington D.C.

Built in the Neo-Gothic design with 112 gargoyles and 215 stained glass windows, the Cathedral attracts more than 400,000 visitors every year. President Theodore Roosevelt was present when the foundation stone of the cathedral was first laid in 1907, and George H. W. Bush was present 83 years later when the “final finial” was placed in 1990.

4. Wayfarers Chapel // Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Designed by Lloyd Wright (son of Frank Lloyd Wright) in the late 1940s, the Wayfarers Chapel is commonly known as “The Glass Church.” Its architecture and surrounding landscape with views of the Pacific Ocean make it a popular place for weddings and visiting tourists.

5. Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis // St. Louis, Missouri

Named for Saint Louis, the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis was completed in 1914 and designated a basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1997. It is known for its large mosaic installation, which can be seen in the interior picture of the basilica below.

6. Thorncrown Chapel // Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Designed by E. Fay Jones (an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright) the Throrncrown Chapel, with its 425 windows and 6,000 square feet of glass, was constructed in 1980, and has has been visited by more than six million people.

7. Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France // New Orleans, Louisiana

The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France, one of the oldest Cathedrals in the United States, is located in the heart of the French Quarter. With its triple steeples and proximity to the statue of General Andrew Jackson, the cathedral serves as an iconic piece of history and beauty for the city of New Orleans.