Religious Destinations Across Seattle

Seattle’s range of religious landmarks reflect the variety and uniqueness of its subjects. There is definitely plenty to entertain across the city, but don't lose out on the gorgeous and historical destinations that are the religious sites in Seattle.

Seattle Betsiun Buddhist Temple

This temple was dedicated in 1941 and is a part of the Chinatown Historic District. The temple hosts a Buddhist festival called Bon Odori every July. The building itself features sophisticated Asian architectural features such as curled roof edges and ornate doors.

The Chapel of St. Ignatius

As among the spiritual landmarks in Seattle, this little Catholic chapel has won 1 or 2 awards for it’s striking modern design. The easy light coloured steel exterior is supposed to echo the look of historical Roman structures. The inside has windows and interesting architectural angles that manipulate the contrast of light and dark, or what St. Ignatius called “consolations and desolations”. The building’s architect was Steven Holl who designed different parts of the chapel to glow in coloured light at different times of the day.

Temple De Hirsch Sinai

The temple has some of the most strange history of Seattle religious landmarks. In 1971 the Temple De Hirsch and the Church Sinai were merged. A strange fact about the temple is that its cellar was the location of Jimi Hendrix’s first pro gig. The building itself has a 1960’s advanced look to its design. The building today holds a massive store of Jewish books and films.

St. Spiridon Orthodox Cathedral

The congregation that attended the first service at this cathedral in 1895 was a mixture of Russian, Greek and Serbian immigrants. The spiritual site later aided Russian refugees fleeing the Bolshevik revolution. The building itself has striking bright blue domes in the classic onion-shape that stand bold against Seattle’s wet, grey skies. The regular services are held in English but with liturgy done regularly in Slavonic languages as well. Today the cathedral is home to a Russian Orthodox church.

The Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism

This is likely one of the brightest religious landmarks in Seattle. The exterior of the Monastery is painted in reds and yellows and within are a few meditation rooms and statues. The monastery is open to the general public for meditation on occasion. They also offer free classes and lectures,e.g. easy Tibetan language courses.

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