The Eight Most Beautiful Churches in Houston

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Last month we gave you our list of the six ugliest (and rich) churches in Houston, monstrosities foisted upon us by well-to-do congregations.

Today it's time to walk on the sunny side of the street, and present the eight most beautiful churches in town, with photos by Rachel Bohanan.

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8. Antioch Baptist
This 1875 building was, according to the church's website, the first brick structure in Houston owned by blacks.

"Today members still worship in the sanctuary's original handmade pews," the church says.

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7. St. Basil the Great
This Greek Orthodox church on the far west side is the first of two St. Basil entries, doubling any other saint around.


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6. St. Paul's
Designed by the same architect who did the San Jacinto Monument, groundbreaking for this beauty took place only a few months before the 1929 market crash.

"Funds were often so tight that if any other buyer could have been found for the massive, elegant structure, the mortgage holder might have foreclosed," the church says.

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vasilicatortoveanu
vasilicatortoveanu

the thing is that not the church itself must be beautiful, this is for the art, architecture and history, but need to be closer to the people's souls

ddt
ddt

Can you really talk about the beauty of churches and not show any interiors?

David Cornell
David Cornell

Those are some nice buildings. Tell me again why we don't tax religions?

Stusnow1
Stusnow1

Barf. What a bunch of wasted spaces. The First Unitarian Church on Fannin is ten times more beautiful than these gothic wannabees.

Jeff
Jeff

There is a really amazing Catholic church in the Heights on Harvard and 10th. Really pretty.

Megan
Megan

Pfft.  Palmer Memorial.  I got married there, and the interior of the nave is gorgeous.

Judgejoe77
Judgejoe77

Hey, you forgot St Martin's Episcopal Church.  Love its twin towers and real majesty.

MadMac
MadMac

Antioch Baptist reminds me of a line in one of Walter Mosley's books where Easy Rawlins says, and I paraphrase, "From Iberia Parish to Houston's Fifth Ward to LA's South Central, black people, will scratch money from dirt to build churches and bury family." I've driven by this church thousands of times and never knew it's history. Now I know it's an expression of the love and devotion Mr. Mosley wrote of.

MadMac
MadMac

All Saints is beautiful. I may be biased, (yeah, no kidding) but my parish home is Saint Mary's in 3rd Ward and I absolutely love the inclusion-design. Plus you never know when Joe Sample will attend mass and sit in with the band.

Deb
Deb

That's All Saints, and I think it is one of the prettiest in Houston too. Also, St. Mark's Methodist on Pecore (11th) is very, very beautiful.

MadMac
MadMac

It's a good sign that you still like the church where you got married.

Megan
Megan

St. Martin's is on the ugly list.

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

 All Saints and Blessed Sacrament were designed by the same architect, I think.

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