5 Religious Marvels in America
Memorial Presbyterian Church
The Memorial Presbyterian Church constructed in the year 1889 is located in Florida. The church was built by business magnate and St. Augustine patron Henry Morrison Flagler, which he dedicated in honor of his daughter Jennie Louise Benedict. She died the same year, following complications from childbirth and hence the word ‘Memorial ‘came.
The architecture of the church took inspiration from various churches in Europe, such as St. Mark's Basilica located in Venice. The walls which have been carved out of wood, stained-glass windows, a calm and tranquil sanctuary and a prominent dome are some of the differentiating and attractive features of the shrine.
"People walk in, and they see a little piece of Europe," says Jay Smith, a church historian. He also adds that "I wouldn't say it rivals the European cathedrals, but it has its own unique beauty and majesty, and people are very surprised by that."