Holy Cross–Immaculata (Mt. Adams)

Cincinnati Church: Holy Cross - Immaculata
Holy Cross-Immaculata

Trek up to Mt. Adams and visit the "Church of the Steps." Built in 1859, the pilgrimage up the steps became known as "making the steps" or "praying up the steps." Make sure you snap a picture when you get to the top – the view is breathtaking!

Christ Church Cathedral (Downtown)

Cincinnati Church: Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral

Although this parish was founded in 1817, its design is post-modern and it wasn't consecrated until 1957. If you're looking for some more history to explore, check out the nearby Taft Museum of Art, which is a National Historic Landmark.

St. Peter in Chains Cathedral (Downtown)

Cincinnati Cathedrals: St. Peter in Chains
St. Peter in Chains

Dedicated in 1845, this Greek revival structure is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The striking single spire was the tallest man-made structure in the city for decades, soaring to 220 feet above street level. The spire is made of pure white limestone.

Isaac M. Wise Temple (Downtown)

Cincinnati Temples: Plum St. Temple
Plum St. Temple

Built in 1866, this temple (also know as Plum St. Temple) reflects the Byzantine-Moorish style that emerged in Germany in the 19th century and is the fountainhead of Reform Judaism in America. To learn more about the history of the Reform Judaism in Cincinnati, check out the Cincinnati Skirball Museum at Hebrew Union College.

Old St. Mary's Church (Over-the-Rhine)

This is the oldest standing church in Cincinnati, consecrated on July 3, 1842. Here you'll find the oldest clock tower in the city, though it is no longer operating. Levi Coffin, a leader of the Underground Railroad who personally helped over 3,000 slaves escape to Canada, cast the first bell to be placed in the clock tower. This church still holds traditional Latin masses and one in German.

St. Francis Seraph Parish (Over-the-Rhine)

Built on the former site of Christ Church and its adjacent cemetery, all of the remaining bodies were entombed in a crypt below the altar of this church, consecrated in 1859. If you're searching for more creepy fun in Over-the-Rhine, check out one of the underground tours offered by American Legacy Tours.

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington)

Cincinnati Cathedrals: Cathedral Basilica
Cathedral Basilica

Built in the 13th Century, the facade of this French Gothic-style church mirrors the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. The interior however was modeled after the Abbey Church of St. Denis in Paris. After exploring this church, head over to Hotel Covington and grab a bite to eat at Coppin's Restaurant and Bar.

Mother of God Catholic Church (Covington)

This church was constructed in 1870-71 and features Italian Renaissance basilica design. In 1875, the two 110 feet tall signature clock towers were added.

Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati (West Chester)

Cincinnati Mosques: Islamic Center
Islamic Center

Opened in 1995, the mosque at this center features a spectacular crystal and bronze chandelier suspended from the gold-painted ceiling. Greater Cincinnati Muslims of all ethnicities and backgrounds gather here to pray, socialize, and learn, and the door is always open to friends and neighbors.

A different kind of parish

Did you know that there are quite a few hip spots in the region that are housed in former churches? The breathtaking architecture is still intact, so hit these spots for more fun.

The Southgate House Revival
Located in Newport, this live music venue is housed in the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church and is one of the few historic churches remaining in Newport, Ky.

Taft's Ale House
Walk down Race Street in Over-the-Rhine and you'll come across Taft's Ale House. This unique restaurant was formerly St. Paul's Evangelical Church, the oldest protestant congregation in Cincinnati.

Urban Artifact
Northside is home to this craft brewery, which was formally St. Patrick's Church. The taproom is in the lower level of the church and the brewery itself is located in the old gym building just behind the church.

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