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Neoclassical Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 18 Neoclassical sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



Neoclassical Sites (View on Map)

  • Baltimore Basilica
    Baltimore, USA
    The Baltimore Basilica was the first Catholic cathedral built in the United States after the adoption of the Constitution and became a symbol for religious freedom in the new nation.
  • First Unitarian Church
    Baltimore, USA
    There are many "First Unitarian Churches" in the United States, but the one in Baltimore really deserves the name. It was here in 1819 that Unitarianism was first defined as a denomination.
  • Jewish Museum of Maryland
    Baltimore, USA
    Founded in 1960 between two 19th-century synagogues, this award-winning museum tells the story of Jewish life in America with special attention on Judaism in Maryland.
  • Französischer Dom
    Berlin, Germany
    The French Cathedral is the oldest of the two churches on Gendarmenmarkt square. It was built by the Huguenot (French Calvinist) community between 1701 and 1705.
  • Cathedral Church of St. Paul
    Boston, USA
    Founded in 1818, the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston is a historic Epicopalian cathedral with a thriving congregation.
  • Cadiz Cathedral
    Cadiz, Spain
    This Andalusian cathedral was built in the 18th century in the High Baroque style. It is topped by a golden-tiled dome; inside, it is decorated entirely in stone.
  • Egyptian Museum
    Cairo, Egypt
    This huge neoclassical building houses the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the world, including artifacts from the tomb of King Tut.
  • St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral
    Dublin, Ireland
    Known affectionately as "The Pro," this is the unofficial Catholic cathedral of Dublin. It was built in 1825 in a Neoclassical style.
  • Kleine Synagoge
    Erfurt, Germany
    This small structure from 1840 is the oldest undamaged synagogue left in Germany. It now houses an exhibition on Erfurt's Jewish community.
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
    Fatima, Portugal
    The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is one of most famous Marian shrines in the world. Some 4 million people visit each year, drawn by visions of the Virgin Mary reported by shepherd children in 1917.
  • St Paul's Cathedral
    London, England
    This grand cathedral was beautifully designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1675 after its predecessor was lost in the Great Fire of London.
  • Almudena Cathedral
    Madrid, Spain
    Dating from the late 19th and 20th centuries, Madrid's cathedral is very new by European standards and its traditional-meets-modern design reflects its youth.
  • National Archaeological Museum
    Madrid, Spain
    Housed in a Neoclassical building, the Museo Arqueológico Nacional in Madrid contains a wealth of exhibits from Spain and beyond, from prehistoric to Renaissance.
  • Nauvoo Illinois Temple
    Illinois, USA
    This LDS temple in Nauvoo replaces the historically significant original built in 1846 and destroyed in 1850. Completed in 2002, the new temple incorporates materials and furniture from the original.
  • La Madeleine
    Paris, France
    Dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene, this church was originally designed as a temple to the glory of Napoleon's army.
  • Panthéon
    Paris, France
    This church was originally part of an abbey dedicated to St. Genevieve, but since the 18th century it has served primarily as a burial place for French heroes.
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
    St. Petersburg, Russia
    This gigantic Neoclassical cathedral was built 1818-58 under the direction of Tsar Alexander I. In Soviet times, it was turned into a museum of atheism and a Foucault pendulum was installed in place of the dove.
  • St. John's Church
    Washington DC, USA
    Dubbed the "Presidents' Church," this historic Episcopal church is located next to the White House. Since 1816 every president has attended a service here, including Obama on Inauguration Day.