Religious Sites Tours

We offer five religious sites tours ranging from 3 to 7 hours.  Please read the descriptions below to select the best one for you. All of the tours will enlighten you to the variety and diversity of the religions and denominations in the Houston area. Each religious sites tour has narratives about the religion’s history, beliefs, and practices.

We offer the following five tours:

Note: Please be respectful of each group and their beliefs. Please read and practice Religious Sites – Etiquette Rules. Also, be respectful if a ceremony is on-going. If we are entering a house of worship and an event is occurring, we need to be deferential. In all cases, one should be soft-spoken.

Bring money for a lunch stop on Tours C, D, and E. Lunch is typically at a locale that is in the genre of one of the religious sites that we are visiting. For example, if we are visiting Asian houses of worship, lunch may be at a Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, et cetera restaurant. Let us know what kind of food that you want so we can accommodate you.

Remember that certain days and times can be concerns as weekly holy days for different religions when services may be in session and or buildings are closed:

  1. Christians – Sundays.
  2. Jews – Saturdays.
  3. Muslims – Friday afternoons.

Religious Sites Tour A

This tour is three (3) hours. It stays within the I-610 Loop and south of I-10. It focuses on seeing several houses of worship of different denominations. There are no stops to get off on this tour. This tour includes seeing:

  1. Annunciation Catholic Church.
  2. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
  3. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church – African American.
  4. Texas Guandi Temple – Buddhist
  5. Chapel of Saint Basil.
  6. Chapel of St. Stephen.
  7. Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral.
  8. Christ the King Lutheran Church.
  9. Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart – Catholic.
  10. First Church of Christ Science.
  11. First United Methodist Church.
  12. Islamic Da’wah Center.
  13. Congregation Emanu El – Jewish.
  14. Lakewood Church.
  15. Rothko Chapel.
  16. St. Joseph Catholic Church – Hispanic.
  17. St. Nicholas Catholic Church – African American.
  18. Teen How Taoist Temple.
  19. Trinity Episcopal Church.

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Religious Sites Tour B

This tour is four (4) hours. It is the same as Tour A, but includes going into 5 or 6 various houses of worship for self-guided and informal tours for 5 to 20 minutes each. See the bold-faced sites.

  1. Annunciation Catholic Church.
  2. Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
  3. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church – African American.
  4. Texas Guandi Temple – Buddhist – go inside.
  5. Chapel of St. Basil – go inside.
  6. Chapel of St. Stephen.
  7. Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral.
  8. Christ the King Lutheran Church.
  9. Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart – Catholic – go inside.
  10. First Church of Christ Science.
  11. First United Methodist Church.
  12. Islamic Da’wah Center.
  13. Congregation Emanu El – Jewish.
  14. Lakewood Church – go inside.
  15. Rothko Chapel – go inside.
  16. St. Joseph Catholic Church – Hispanic.
  17. St. Nicholas Catholic Church – African American.
  18. Teen How Taoist Temple – go inside.
  19. Trinity Episcopal Church.

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Religious Sites Tour C

This tour is five (5) hours. It is the same as Tour B with a lunch stop. Lunch is often at Treebeard’s Cajun restaurant in the Cloisters at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral.

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Religious Sites Tour D

This tour is six (6) hours. It focuses on in-depth tours of three houses of worship in 2 or 3 different cities. It stops for lunch. These typically, but not necessarily, include a:

  1. Buddhist temple in Sugar Land or Houston.
  2. Hindu mandir in Stafford or Pearland.
  3. Islamic mosque or Jewish temple in Houston or Missouri City.

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Religious Sites Tour E

This tour is seven (7) hours. It is the same as Tour D, but with 4 houses or worship. It stops for lunch. These typically, but not necessarily, include a:

  1. Buddhist temple in Sugar Land or Houston.
  2. Hindu mandir in either Stafford or Pearland.
  3. Islamic mosque in Houston.
  4. Jewish temple in Houston or Missouri City.

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Other institutions can be included. Other more remote institutions include Hare Krishna, Jain, and Sikh temples, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), Quaker, Unitarian, and other Protestant churches, and a Zoroastrian center. Let us know what is your preference. Tours can be customized and places substituted for an additional $30.00.

All tours start at the Visitors Center, located on the first floor of City Hall at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002. Parking for a fee is available under Tranquility Park, located at 510 Rusk Street, Houston, Texas 77002.

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Religious Sites Etiquette Rules

  • Please refrain from smoking at all religious sites.
  • Remove your shoes before entering Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Islamic, and Jain houses of worship. You may wear socks/hosiery, or enter barefoot.
  • Do not wear or carry items of leather or silk in Jain temples.
  • Females should bring and wear a head covering in all Islamic mosques.
  • Do not chew gum or bring food or drink into houses of worship.
  • Wear modest clothing showing a minimum amount of skin in all Hindu mandirs and Islamic mosques.
  • Wear clothes that are neither see-through nor tight fitting in Islamic mosques.
  • Wear long pants in Hindu mandirs and Islamic mosques. Females should not wear skirts.
  • Males should wear shirts with sleeves in all houses of worship.
  • Females should wear blouses or shirts with long sleeves in all Hindu mandirs and Islamic mosques.
  • Be prepared to sit on carpets in Islamic mosques.
  • Refrain from provocative comments or wearing provocative clothing.
  • Males should be prepared to wear a yarmulke/kippah/skullcap in Jewish shuls and synagogues. These will be provided on site.
  • Use appropriate terms for spiritual leaders:
    • Buddhist and Taoist - reverend/monk
    • Hindu - swami/maharaja
    • Catholic - priest/father/padre/sister
    • Protestant - minister/pastor/preacher/reverend
    • Islam - imam
    • Jewish - rabbi/reb and cantor/chazzan
  • All electronic devices should be turned off or put on vibrate.
  • Relax in all houses of worship.

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Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Lakewood Church Texas Guandi Temple Masjed Congregation Emanu El Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, Pulpit of Jack Yates Jain Temple Sri Meenakshi Temple (Hindu)

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