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Situated along 6th Avenue, the 16th Street Baptist Church is a beautiful church in the heart of the city. Conceptualized as early as 1873, it has had a long history. The initial building was demolished in 1908 and the current structure was built in 1911 by the famous Wallace Rayfield. During the Civil Rights Movement, the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing killed four young girls. Today, the church continues to function with great vitality, and has also been declared a National Historic Landmark. Call to book individual or group tours.
Cathedral Church of the Advent is one of the largest Episcopal churches in the country. A significant congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, its establishment dates back to the foundation of the city in 1872. The structure exemplifies opulent Gothic architecture replete with a sandstone facade, bell tower of fifteen bells and stained-glass panels. Music is given a special emphasis at this parish with their renowned music program and award-winning choir. The cathedral is a feature on the National Register of Historic Places.
Temple Beth-El plays an active role in the spiritual growth of the Jewish community in Birmingham. This congregation welcomes members of diverse backgrounds and organizes engaging worship and services that exemplify a contemporary approach to tradition. Jewish holidays are commemorated with special events and programs, and children are encouraged in prayer and learning at their Junior Congregation.