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  • 1. Old North Church

    North End | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At one end of the Paul Revere Mall is a church famous not only for being the oldest standing church building in Boston (built in 1723) but for...Read More

  • 2. Trinity Church

    Back Bay | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    In his 1877 masterpiece, architect Henry Hobson Richardson brought his Romanesque Revival style to maturity; all the aesthetic elements for...Read More

  • 3. Arlington Street Church

    Back Bay | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Opposite the Park Square corner of the Public Garden, this church was erected in 1861—the first to be built in the Back Bay. Though a classical...Read More

  • 4. Cathedral of the Holy Cross

    South End | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This enormous 1875 Gothic cathedral dominates the corner of Washington and Union Park streets. The main church of the Archdiocese of Boston...Read More

  • 5. Christ Church

    Harvard Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This modest yet beautiful gray clapboard structure was designed in 1761 by Peter Harrison, the first architect of note in the colonies (he designed...Read More

  • 6. Church of the Covenant

    Back Bay | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 1867 Gothic Revival church, a National Historic Landmark at the corner of Newbury and Berkeley streets, has one of the largest collections...Read More

  • 7. Emmanuel Church

    Back Bay | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1860, this Back Bay Gothic Episcopal church is popular among classical music lovers—every Sunday morning at 10, from September to May...Read More

  • 8. First Baptist Church

    Back Bay | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This 1872 structure, at the corner of Clarendon Street and Commonwealth Avenue, was architect Henry Hobson Richardson's first foray into Romanesque...Read More

  • 9. First Church of Christ, Scientist

    Back Bay | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The world headquarters of the Christian Science faith mixes the traditional with the modern—marrying Bernini to Le Corbusier by combining an...Read More

  • 10. First Parish in Cambridge and the Old Burying Ground

    Harvard Square | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Next to the imposing church on the corner of Church Street and Mass Ave., a spooky-looking colonial graveyard houses 17th- and 18th-century...Read More

  • 11. King's Chapel

    Downtown | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Both somber and dramatic, King's Chapel looms over the corner of Tremont and School streets. Its distinctive shape wasn't achieved entirely...Read More

  • 12. Old South Church

    Back Bay | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Members of the Old South Meeting House, of Tea Party fame, decamped to this new site in 1873, a move not without controversy. In an Italian...Read More

  • 13. Old South Meeting House

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    This is the second-oldest church building in Boston, and were it not for Longfellow's celebration of the Old North in "Paul Revere's Ride,"...Read More

  • 14. Old West Church

    Old West End | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1806 using the design of builder and architect Asher Benjamin, this imposing United Methodist church stands, along with the Harrison...Read More

  • 15. Park Street Church

    Beacon Hill | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If this Congregationalist church at the corner of Tremont and Park streets could sing, what joyful noise it would be. Samuel Smith's hymn "America...Read More

  • 16. St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral

    Beacon Hill | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Though it looks a bit like a bank, St. Paul's is actually the first Boston structure built in the Greek Revival style (1820). It was established...Read More

  • 17. St. Stephen's

    North End | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Rose Kennedy, matriarch of the Kennedy clan, was christened here; 104 years later, St. Stephen's held mourners at her 1995 funeral. This is...Read More

  • 18. Vilna Shul

    Beacon Hill | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This historic treasure, one of the oldest synagogues in the region, is the focus of both ongoing renovation and research. The two-story brick...Read More

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