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The 11 Most Unique Looking Religious Structures In Upstate NY

Just a few of the houses of worship across Upstate NY that are particularly unique in their appearance! A list by Chris Clemens of www.ExploringUpstate.com in Rochester, NY

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11. First United Presbyterian Church (Mumford, NY)

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Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not, the church is sometimes thought to be built of petrified wood, but it's really made from bogstone quarried up the street and is most likely one of the few in the country.

10. Holy Trinity Monastery (Jordanville, NY)

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Featuring five churches and a museum, this Russian Orthodox Monastery in the Mohawk Valley is otherworldly in its beauty!

5. Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima (Lewiston, NY)

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A dome structure to model the globe rests below a large statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Stairs allows visitors to ascend to the top of the dome.

4. St. Januarius (Naples, NY)

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Nestled in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region, this church was built to look like an upturned grape leaf from a bird's eye view. The front wall is speckled with oval stained glass pieces to represent the different grapes grown in the region.

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