In the shadow of downtown, this bucolic expanse is a constant reminder of the city's history. Dating from the 1850s, the cemetery was the final destination for all Atlantans until 1884, when private burial grounds began appearing throughout the city. The oldest section is near the main entrance, where legendary golfer Bobby Jones and author Margaret Mitchell are interred, although locating Mitchell's plain headstone can be a challenge. A brochure from the cemetery office will help you find famous graves and interesting sections. Tours are offered March through October.
Spread over 6 acres of lush greenery, the Woodruff Park enjoys a splendid location in the heart of the student, financial and nightlife districts. Atlanta's green lung in every way, this park is equipped with fountains, water-coolers, shaded areas, sculptures, bandstands and pruned lawns so that students, office-goers and tourists can seek respite for a while. Cultural and community events are a regular occurrence too.
Established in 1925, the Morningside Presbyterian Church was founded as a mission of the Atlanta Presbytery Home Mission Committee and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta. Located in a scenic residential neighborhood in the Virginia-Highlands, the structure was designed by noted church architects Thomas and Waggoner of Philadelphia. Set on a wooded campus, construction of the church building began in 1946 and was not completed until 1949. In addition to Sunday services, the church maintains an active youth center, a counseling center, and numerous seniors' programs. Services on Sunday are at 11a.
Ebenezer Baptist Church was founded in 1886, and has since stood as a high-profile center for African-American leadership and worship in Atlanta. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. began his ministry in this unassuming structure, and gained a national voice through his sermons from its pulpit. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference was also founded here. The church has recently expanded to a new sanctuary, but the original building continues to be a place of worship with services offered every Sunday and Wednesday. See website for visitors guide, weekly announcements, online services, and pastor bio.
Touted as one of the largest Hindu temples outside India, the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir is a beauty to behold. Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, it is constructed from Italian Carrara marble, pink sandstone and Turkish limestone. It consists of a sanctum-sanctorum surrounded by five pillars symbolizing the Himalayan mountains. The architecture has a fine detailing. Many community activities are organized here.
The Cathedral of Christ the King keeps company with several churches on a scenic stretch of Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Its aged, stone exterior and stained glass windows have positioned the stately church as a local landmark since 1936. Seat of the Atlanta Catholic Diocese, the cathedral offers weekend services. The venue has a capacity of 700 persons.
This Gothic Revival structure was erected by architect Edmund G. Lind in 1885. Set on a full acre that fronts the city's original town square, the church features a limestone facade, bell tower, and many original stained glass windows. Various smaller buildings have been constructed around the main church over the years, historically and architecturally significant in their own right. Today, Central Presbyterian Church is home to one of the largest Presbyterian congregations in Atlanta.
The First Congregational Church of Atlanta is the second oldest Black Congregational Church in the United States, and has played a invaluable role in the social upliftment and spiritual growth of the African-Americans of Atlanta. From the time of its inception, the church has provided the community with a host of facilities that had until then been denied to the greatly neglected African-American community. Housed within a stunning early 20th-century building, the church is a striking sight that inspires all with its beauty and historic significance. Although chiefly built in a Beaux-Arts Classical Revival style, the church gracefully incorporates a mix of styles including that of the Italian Renaissance and Spanish Mission. Favored by prominent members of the community and as a part of the United Church of Christ, the church continues on in its legacy of creating a generation of spiritually mature and socially conscious individuals. Striving for social justice, this open church continues to contribute to and organize social outreach and humanitarian efforts. Home to a vibrant and active congregation, the First Congregational Church offers worship service every Sunday at 11a and organizes various events and concerts throughout the year.
This agency is the city of Atlanta's primary public source for free tourist information. Visitors are invited to stop by this centrally-located facility, or browse the bureau's detailed website for up-to-the-minute information on attractions, sporting events, lodging, dining and other special events. Brochures, maps and a wealth of friendly advice are yours for the asking, just steps from most downtown hotels. Corporate visitors with an eye on hosting functions in Atlanta are encouraged to call and set up an appointment.
Big Bethel was around even before Atlanta became a city. Founded in 1847 as Union Church, it was known as Sweet Auburn's City Hall due to its importance as a meeting place. In 1881 it moved next door to its present building, which had served as the first school for black children in Atlanta. Today, the church is one of the largest AME churches in the city. The high steeple's 'Jesus Saves' neon sign has lit the Atlanta skyline since 1922. Open during the day for visitors.
First United Methodist was first organized in Atlanta 150 years ago, and the current church still features many of the ornate stained glass windows from its original buildings. The original pulpit and much of the original organ have survived as well, lending an authentic feel to the grand structure. Services are held on Sundays; also offered are weekly Bible study classes and a Sunday prayer meeting.