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Beaumont’s Faith Trail

Photo courtesy Beaumont CVB

A look inside historic houses of worship can give church groups an interesting perspective on Beaumont’s heritage of faith. The Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau has put together a “faith trail” that covers the area’s most interesting churches. Highlights include:

St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
Nicknamed “the Little Vatican,” this church has a beautifully painted dome ceiling and is full of delicate artwork, such as French and German stained-glass windows, priceless mosaics and a marble altar.

Temple Emanuel 
Established in 1895, this is the oldest Jewish house of worship in Beaumont. The octagonal sanctuary is full of historic artifacts and religious art, such as large glass windows designed by artist Ze’ev Raban.

First Presbyterian Church
Built in the nearby town of Orange in 1912, this Greek-revival structure was built of Texas pink granite. It was the first air-conditioned building west of the Mississippi River and features the only opalescent glass dome in the country.

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Brian Jewell

Brian Jewell is the executive editor of The Group Travel Leader. In more than a decade of travel journalism he has visited 48 states and 25 foreign countries.