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Nestled in the Yale University Campus, Battell Chapel was built in the late 19th Century and is one of the largest chapels on campus. The chapel boasts of beautiful Victorian Gothic style of architecture and was designed by Russell Sturgis, a famed architect of the country. This chapel has gone several renovations and sees architectural elements by Josiah Cleaveland Cady. The interiors of this charming chapel include a beautiful altar, chapel clock with five bells, an apse, magnificent stained-glass windows and more. Besides being a religious place, the chapel is also used as an event venue and hosts several concerts and music events regularly.

St. Mary's Church is charming church housed near the Yale University. The history of this church dates back to 1834 when it was originally built. However, a massive fire destroyed the structure in 1848. The present structure was only built in 1874 and boasts of designs by the famed architect, James Murphy. The church has stone masonry built, while the charming interiors feature beautiful relics and stained-glass windows.

The Congregational United Church of Christ, as it is more formally known, has stood on the New Haven Green since 1639. The current Georgian structure dates to 1812. Architect Ithiel Town incorporated large windows into the design to capture sunshine, as there was no heating system. A beautiful Tiffany window, installed in 1890, depicts the Rev. John Davenport leading the first service in the new colony. The historic crypt contains the remains of Benedict Arnold's first wife. There is a small burial ground behind the church, where regicide John Dixwell is laid to rest.

It never ceases to amaze visitors and even locals that New Haven is a city of firsts. Trinity, besides being the first Episcopal congregation in New Haven when it was founded in 1752, also erected the first Gothic Revival building in the United States in 1812-15. Designed by prolific Ithiel Town, who also designed the neighboring Center Church), Trinity is a superb example of medieval architecture, and has been a tourist attraction almost since it was built. It stands on the northwest corner of the historic green.

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