Baltimore Religious Sites and Tours
Take a tour of the Baltimore Basilica, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as America’s first cathedral. A National Historic Landmark and National Shrine, it was built from 1806 to 1821. The neo-classical building has two towers and a dome. The Basilica Museum has hundred of artifacts and antiques that date back to the 17th century. Adjacent to the basilica is the fish-shaped Pope John Paul II Prayer Garden with a statue of the Holy Father with two children at its center.
First Unitarian Church was built in 1817 and is the oldest U.S. building housing a Unitarian congregation. The church’s front has a terra cotta “Angel of Truth,” with a scroll reading “To the One God” in Greek. The church features a glass mosaic of the Last Supper, stained-glass windows and two notable organs.
Lovely Lane United Methodist Church had its original meeting house built in 1774. The structure was designed in the style of Italian Byzantine-Romanesque basilicas and has a tower with a tiled roof.
Historic Zion Church of the City of Baltimore is the original German church. Founded in 1755, the church features Hanseatic architecture, stained- glass windows and a garden oasis. The oldest Catholic parish in Baltimore, St. Vincent de Paul Church, dates back to 1840 and gives tours after Mass.
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church came into existence by a group of African-Americans who walked out of a Methodist church because of segregated seating. The church is the oldest independent African-American church in the city. First Baptist Church was the first black Baptist church in Maryland and was founded in 1836 by Moses Clayton, a former slave and lay minister. The archives have manuscripts, articles, pictures and memorabilia that date back to the 1830s.
The Federal-style Mother Seton House & Historic Seminary Chapel dates back to 1808. Home of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American Catholic saint, the site is also the birthplace to the first African-American Catholic community. The grounds have the Historic Seminary Chapel, Mother Seton House and Spiritual Center. Tours are available.
Take a religious pilgrimage at St. Jude Shrine, a nationwide Center of St. Jude Devotions in operation since 1917. Pilgrims come for a blessing from St. Jude Thaddeus. The shrine receives petitions from all over the country for prayer at the Perpetual Novena Services. The shrine has a 150-year-old church and gift shop.
West of the city is B’nai Israel Congregation, the oldest synagogue in Maryland. The Moorish Revival building features a hand-carved Ark that is surrounded by marble tablets that show the Ten Commandments. The synagogue, which in the past was the Lloyd Street Synagogue, has displays, exhibits and artifacts. The congregation dates back to 1873.
The Jewish Museum of Maryland was founded in 1960 and features exhibitions and programs discussing regional Jewish history and culture.
Customize a religious or general tour with Baltimore Rent A Tour. Learn national heritage stories through Star-Spangled Trails. Its “Baltimore Riot Trail,” a 1.6-mile walking trail, features such Civil War locations as the place of the first fatalities, Baltimore Civil War Museum, places that were prisons, hospitals and training camps, and the grave of John Wilkes Booth. The seven-mile “Baltimore Waterfront Promenade” walk includes the Inner Harbor, waterfront neighborhoods, Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, American Visionary Art Museum and Baltimore Museum of Industry. In the harbor, Entertainment Cruises offers features buffet dining cruises with live and DJ music, plus 75-minute harbor tours with narration.
The American Visionary Art Museum features original artwork done by self-taught artists, a sculpture garden and a gift shop. Learn about the history of American railroading at The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, which has a vast collection of passenger cars and locomotives, plus a small object collection with clocks, pocket watches, silver, fine art, dining car china, communication devices, shop equipment, signals, and a variety of tools and artifacts. The Maryland Science Center, located at the Inner Harbor, offers IMAX films, planetarium shows and three floors of exhibits. The nearby National Aquarium has over 11,000 aquatic animals, exhibits and the 4D Immersion Theatre. Also in the Inner Harbor is the USS Constellation. Built by the Navy in 1854, it is the only Civil War-era vessel that remains afloat. Fort McHenry National Monument, the 18th century brick fort that served to defend Baltimore’s harbor in the War of 1812, is the birthplace of our National Anthem, written by Francis Scott Key.
Baltimore is a city rich in American history and offers a variety of fascinating religious travel sites for groups to visit. Don’t hesitate book your religious group travel trip to Baltimore today.