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Best Religious Sites in Detroit

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Mariners' Church of Detroit

Dating to the 1840s, Mariners' Church of Detroit was modeled after seamen's chapels on the East Coast of the United States. The Gothic structure has services on Sunday morning and at noon on Thursdays. It is often the site of funerals of Detroit civic notables. The church's mission is to serve Great Lakes sailors and their families, and nautical images festoon the interior. Bells toll whenever a life is lost on the lakes. They most famously rang 29 times in November 1975 with the sinking of an ore ship in Lake Superior, an event immortalized in the popular Gordon Lightfoot song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Come by to offer your prayers or to be simply enchanted by this mystic place.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Second Baptist Church of Detroit

Located in the area of Greektown, Michigan's oldest African American church dates back to 1836. For its first 29 years, it was a key station on the Underground Railroad, sheltering some 5000 slaves in its basement during that time, as they moved towards freedom in Canada. Besides being a leading force in the abolitionist movement, the Second Baptist Church of Detroit was an early advocate of suffrage for African Americans and helped dozens of other local African American churches get organized. Now it is an important historical landmark, as well as a vibrant community center.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Old St Mary's Church

Built in 1841, this Roman Catholic church was originally founded by German immigrants. The church was rebuilt in 1884 with a Victorian Gothic style with details inspired by the Venetian Renaissance and the Pisan Romanesque style of architecture. Take a look inside and you'll be amazed at the solid granite columns! It's a perfect place to feel one with the almighty while appreciating the church's architectural beauty. The sight is a Contributing property of the country.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Christ Church Detroit

Christ Church Detroit was originally founded in 1845 as a wooden building, but after fifteen years the parish decided to build a large church. The church you see today was designed with an American Gothic style and has a welcoming and friendly parish. Take the time to look at the church's stained glass windows, two of which were designed by Tiffany & Co.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Historic Trinity Lutheran Church

A national historical sight with a majestic structure, Historic Trinity Lutheran Church was built in 1931. If you want to hear the bagpipe and drum corps play outside after services then the best time to visit is during the Freedom Festival. You can avail of the various services provided by the church and also be a part of the various events taking place.

Detroit, MI, United States
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St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church

The St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church is a German Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan. Built in 1855, the church is well maintained and largely unchanged even today. Designed by Francis G. Himpler, Donaldson and Meier one can see Late Gothic Revival and German Hall Church influences in the church architecture. The church is also popular for its ornate stained glass patterns and conducting masses with orchestra. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Ste. Anne de Detroit

The second oldest Catholic Church in the United States, Ste. Anne de Detroit was founded in 1701. Following a series of tragedies and change of locations, the current church, located near the Ambassador Bridge, is the eighth Ste. Anne's and dates back to 1886. It's a finely detailed Gothic structure with flying buttresses and four gargoyles near the entrance. The wood altar was taken from the 1818 church. It has the oldest stained glass in Detroit, a beautifully hand-carved communion rail and an impressive old pipe organ. Mass is celebrated daily, with some Sunday masses in Spanish. This is one of the city's greatest architectural and historic treasures.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Sweetest Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church

This cathedral-like church has beautiful Gothic architecture and was built the late 19th Century. Founded by mostly Polish immigrants, the church still celebrates its past by celebrating Polish events and customs. The church is open to the public if you would like to join them for mass.

Detroit, MI, United States
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St. Bonaventure Monastery

The St. Bonaventure Monastery is nothing but a religious complex featuring several landmark buildings. Included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982, it dates back to the 1880s era, and came into prominence when it aided poor families during the Great Depression period. For details, check website.

Detroit, MI, United States
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Historic Motor City Missionary Baptist Church

Constructed in 1891 as the Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church, this majestic edifice was occupied by the Motor City Missionary Baptist Church congregation in 1978. The beautiful church building was constructed in Carpenter Gothic stye of architecture, and is a rare example of a wood-frame church from the time. The church actively engages with the community through its ministries as well as events.

Detroit, MI, United States
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St. Florian Roman Catholic Church

The St. Florian Roman Catholic Church has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984. This Roman Catholic Church was constructed for Polish immigrants that had moved to Michigan due to the employment opportunities the booming automobile sector presented in the early 1900s. Ralph Adams Cram of Cram and Ferguson designed the church building in Late Gothic Revival, Bungalow or Craftsman and Polish Cathedral architectural style, winning him many awards for the same.

Hamtramck, MI, United States
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Prayer Temple of Love Cathedral

This eye-catching structure on Woodward Avenue was constructed in 1929 and originally housed the congregation for the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Though small, the majestic building with Neo-Gothic influences features striking architectural details. Currently known as the Prayer Temple of Love Cathedral, the building is a prominent historic treasure in the city.

Highland Park, MI, United States
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