Albany Churches

Tour curated by: Shannon M

Albany’s historic, churches and synagogues represent a wide range of traditional faith, each very distinct from the next but its beliefs is just one part there is also an array of art, rituals, architectural style, and music each has to offer. Albany is a basis that helped establish this great nation. Its historical churches date back to the seventh century. Similar to other cities a crossed the US, Albany’s attachment to the arrival of a vast number of immigrant that brought with them there own religious faith, culture and artistic style. Architecturally these buildings incorporate a varied of style including Gothic, Romanesque’s, Victorian and more. The leading architects in American designed many of these churches that are standing today. Its my hope that this walking tour will be of grab the attention of those who want to know more about the architectural history of these churches in Albany.

Locations for Tour

Our second stop brings us to Historic St. Mary's Church on Lodge Street, one of the oldest Catholic congregations in the state. St. Mary's was supposedly founded near the site where a Jesuit priest, Isaac Jogues escaped from Mohawk…

Our first stop brings us to the First Church in Albany. Located on North Pearl Street, this building is an architectural gem and contains a rich history that dates back to the 17th century. While this is not the original building, the current…

If you walk about a block from St. Mary's Church towards State Street, you'll come across St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The congregation, established officially in 1715 at the request of Queen Anne, actually came into existence five…

If you walk up State Street, and then Washington Avenue, you'll come across the New York State Education Department, behind this monstrous behemoth is the Cathedral of All Saints. The Cathedral was originally the idea of Bishop William…

After the Cathedral of All Saints, you can walk across Washington Avenue and venture through the Empire State Plaza. This gigantic piece of concrete is one of the lasting legacies of Nelson Rockefeller, the 49th governor of New York. If you get bored…

Richard Allen’s story: Richard Allen, founder and first Bishop of the AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church founded in 1828, began practicing the Methodist religion because of John Wesley’s religious doctrines that preached equality,…