5 Beautiful Churches to Visit in Austin
One of our favorite things is church architecture.
Whether it is adorned stained glass windows, vividly painted domes, or minimalistic designs, we love to visit beautiful churches that inspire the worship of our Lord.
Here are 5 of our favorites to visit around town:
1. Central Christian Church
1110 Guadalupe Street, Downtown Austin
Central Christian Church is the oldest congregation in the city and it’s historic, Romanesque architecture is a welcome sight amongst the new, trendy highrises popping up around downtown. The magnificent stained-glass window and the beautiful sanctuary is a must-see in person.
2. St. John Neumann Catholic Church
5455 Bee Cave Rd, West Lake Hills
We were floored at the spectacular dome found inside St. John Neumann. The mosaic design promotes the theme of “Trinity through the Cross” and truly transports you to another era with its Renaissance-inspired artwork.
3. Saint Mary Cathedral
203 E. 10th St., Downtown Austin
Like Central Christian Church, Saint Mary Cathedral is another historic stop in downtown Austin. Featuring Gothic-Revival Architecture, the cathedral was completed in 1884. According to the history of the church, “The Cathedral’s design repeatedly evokes natural places where men encounter the divine: in the tree-like columns with their foliage-carved capitals, the tracery of vines and leaves in the murals and the floral topped finials like the forest. The pointed arches on doors and windows and the spires remind us of mountains. The elevated ceiling and the blue dome spangled with stars reflect the sky and the heavens.”
4. Our Lady of Schoenstatt Shrine
225 Addie Roy Rd, Austin
This simple, yet picturesque shrine “is dedicated to Mary as the Mother Thrice Admirable, Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt. In addition to the Original Shrine in Germany, there are over 200 replica daughter shrines around the world where people gather for prayer, renewal and inspiration.” The shrine is open for visiting daily and has a candlelight rosary on the 18th of every month.
5. St.David’s Episcopal Church
301 E 8th St, Downtown Austin
Another downtown church, but one you shouldn’t miss visiting, especially if you live in Austin. St. David’s Episcopal Church is one of the oldest standing buildings in the city, as the church was built in 1854-1855. Its Gothic architecture and history blend into a true piece of Austin’s story.