Historic Churches in Downtown Albany

Tour curated by: Matthew Chamberlain

Since the founding of Fort Orange in the 17th century, Albany has had a rich history, stretching from the American Revolution, to the construction of the Erie Canal, and up until the modern day. In this walking tour, you will be viewing some of the oldest churches in the state, These places of worship played key roles in the development of Albany's religious identity, and still serve their respective faith communities into the present day. From the first stop at the First Church in Albany, to the final one at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, you will see a number of architecturally and culturally significant churches in the Downtown area.

Locations for Tour

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…

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…

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…