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Best Religious Sites in Norfolk

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This beautiful basilica, constructed in 1858, is one of Norfolk's most beautiful and distinctive religious buildings. Honored as a minor basilica by Pope Jean-Paul II in 1991, the church has a proud tradition and is an active member of the local community. The church is worth seeing for the dramatic spire alone. Check the website for details of masses and communion.

St. Paul's dates back to 1739, making it one of the oldest original colonial buildings in Norfolk, but the history of the parish goes back even farther than that. Today, visitors to the church can still see a cannonball that was lodged there in 1776. The church also houses some historic grave sites dating back to the 17th Century.

Built in 1850, Freemason Street Baptist Church is a historic baptist church designed by Thomas Ustick Walter. Made in the Perpendicular Gothic style, the stuccoed brick church also has an octagonal spire on top. Coffee hours are also held after worship time where visitors to the church can meet and interact with locals and other spiritual seekers. Book clubs, interfaith dialogues spiritual retreats and workshops are also organized by the church on a regular basis. One of the best religious sights in the city, Freemason Street Baptist Church is a must-visit for anyone who is in town for a couple of days.

The Queen Street Baptist Church is a historic church that caters to Norfolk's African-American community. Constructed between 1910 and 1911, the rectangular structure is an imposing one that draws from Late Gothic Revival traditions. From the pointed spire to the arched windows, the structure exhibits classic architectural features of this style. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Queen Street Baptist Church is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks.

Built in 1896, Epworth United Methodist Church is a noteworthy historical church. Designed by James Edwin Ruthven Carpenter, and John Kevan Peebles. Built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, the church is made of yellow sandstone and granite. Though the architecture and the design of the church is quite beautiful, it is the numerous stained glass windows that lend the church its aesthetic appeal. The Ascension flanked by two Tiffany windows is the most famous of them. The church also has a bell It has a bell tower and a triangular red tile roof. An important religious center for the community and a popular tourist attraction, Epworth United Methodist Church is one of the must-visit destinations during your time in Norfolk.

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