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Houses of Worship

In addition to the magnificent civic, commercial and residential architecture that Buffalo is renowned for there are spectacular houses of worship to be found throughout the city. These sacred sites are a tribute to the great faith, determination and perseverance of a people who arrived in America with little more than big dreams for a better life. The following are but a few in Buffalo's heritage of breathtaking sacred sites and inspiring religious art that tell the fascinating story of our city's diverse ethnic ancestry.

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Blessed Trinity R.C. Church


Built between 1923 and 1929, this magnificent Lombard-Romanesque church was designed by the Buffalo architectural firm of Chester Oakley and Albert Schallmo. The exterior features hand made bricks…more

Buffalo Religious Arts Center


Located in the former St. Francis Xavier Church in Buffalo's Black Rock neighborhood, the Arts Center was established to collect and display fine art from the many houses of worship that have closed…more

Church of the Good Shepherd

  • 96 Jewitt Parkway at Summit
  • Buffalo, NY 14214
  • Phone: (716) 833-1151
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Prominent Buffalo businessman, Elam Jewett, gave land and funds to build this beautiful Richardsonian Romanesque church as a memorial for his friend, Rev. Edward Ingersoll. Originally plans for the…more

Corpus Christi Church


A State and National Historic Site built in 1907, this Romanesque Revival style church is constructed of rusticated red Medina sandstone and is the work of Buffalo architect Karl Schmill. The most…more

First Presbyterian Church

  • One Symphony Circle
  • Buffalo, NY 14201
  • Phone: (716)884-7250
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This magnificent Richardson Romanesque church is the work of Edward B. Green and William Wicks, one of Buffalo's most prestigious architectural firms. The Medina sandstone church was begun in 1889 and…more

Hellenic Orthodox Church of the Annunciation

  • 146 West Utica Street at Delaware Ave.
  • Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Phone: (716)882-9485
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On the National Register of Historic Places, and built in the Gothic style in 1905 from plans drawn by George F. Newton, the North Presbyterian Church served the congregation until December of 1952…more

Lily Dale Assembly

  • Cleveland Avenue
  • Lily Dale, NY 14752
  • Phone: (716)595-8721
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Since it was established in 1879, Lily Dale has been the world’s largest center for spiritual development and the practice of the Spiritualist religion. For over 130 years, Lily Dale has offered a…more

Our Lady of Fatima Shrine

  • 1023 Swann Road
  • Youngstown, NY 14174
  • Phone: (716) 754-7489
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Since 1954, Our Lady of Fatima Shrine has become a place of natural beauty, art, communal prayer, and renewal to thousands who visit the unique buildings and grounds each year. The magnificence and…more

Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica

  • 767 Ridge Road
  • Lackawanna, NY 14218
  • Phone: (716) 828-9444
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One of Western New York's most exquisite landmarks, Our Lady of Victory National Shrine and Basilica attracts visitors worldwide. Rivaling the great churches of Europe, the Basilica was built in 1926…more

St. Ann's Church and Shrine

  • 651 Broadway (at Emslie Street)
  • Buffalo, NY 14212
  • Phone: (716)852-0100
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Begun in 1878 and completed in 1886, this Gothic Revival church, built of Lockport Dolomite, is the work of its German congregation. The main altar, side altars, the shrine of St. Ann and the pulpit,…more

St. Anthony of Padua R.C.Church

  • 160 Court Street
  • Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Phone: (716) 854-2563
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St. Anthony's Church was founded in 1891 and is staffed by the missionaries of St. Charles (Scalabrini Fathers), a religious Order established for the care of migrants and refugees around the world.…more

St. Joseph R.C. Cathedral

  • 50 Franklin Street
  • Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Phone: (716) 854-5855


The Diocese of Buffalo was established in 1847 with John Timon as the first Bishop. Patrick Keeley, a student of A.W.N. Pugin, was chosen as architect for the cathedral church of the Diocese. Work was…more

St. Louis R.C. Church

  • 780 Main Street at Edward
  • Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Phone: (716) 852-6040
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Built on land given by Louis Stephen Le Couteulx, a French nobleman, the present church was dedicated in 1889 to replace an earlier brick church, which was destroyed by fire. Possibly the most…more

St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral Church

  • 128 Pearl Street
  • Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Phone: (716) 855-0900
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Designed by Richard Upjohn, the architect of New York City's Trinity Church, St. Paul's Cathedral was built in 1849 with the tower being completed in 1871. The inspiration for this Gothic Revival…more

Temple Beth Zion

  • 805 Delaware Avenue
  • Buffalo, NY 14209
  • Phone: (716) 836-6565
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Built in 1966-67 to replace an earlier synagogue destroyed by fire, the architect, Max Abromovitz, designed the exterior walls to represent cupped praying hands. The ten scalloped panel of the…more

Tours of the Buffalo Religious Arts Center

  • 157 East Street
  • Buffalo, NY 14207
  • Phone: (716) 481-2350
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The Buffalo Religious Arts Center was established to collect and preserve fine art from the many houses of worship that have closed their doors in the Western New York area. The stained glass windows,…more

Trinity Episcopal Church

  • 371 Delaware Avenue
  • Buffalo, NY 14202
  • Phone: (716) 852-8314
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A city landmark, and a State and National Historic Site, the outstanding feature of this stunning Gothic Revival church is its magnificent treasure of opalescent glass. The five chancel windows, all…more

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