This tour provides a comprehensive list of historically-designated religious properties in the District. These sacred spaces – including churches, meeting houses, synagogues, temples, seminaries, and cathedrals – are significant for their history, architecture, and the famous individuals who have been associated with these sites. From presidential congregants to political and social activists, DC’s religious spaces have supported residents and visitors alike, famous or not. These spaces have evolved with the city, and one of the landmarks, the Adas Israel Synagogue, has even been physically moved – three times!
Additionally, this list includes two sacred spaces that are designated National Historic Landmarks: St. John’s Church and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Many of these spaces have served their official religious purposes, as well as provided safe community spaces for non-religious groups to gather and come together. As religious meeting spaces continue to evolve and change to meet the needs of their congregants, their buildings serve as a testament to the community-oriented culture that they’ve curated over the decades.
This tour's sites are arranged in alphabetical order; if you choose to explore these sites, plan your route accordingly.