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First Christian Church

531 5th St., Columbus, IN
812-379-4491
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Ranked #5 of 12 attractions in Columbus
Type: Religious Sites
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Columbus, Indiana, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This 1964 church is hexagon shaped with communion table in center; has a150' central spire; mostly concrete & glass structure. Definitely different & impressive design!

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Rochester Hills, MI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

Historically significant in this town of amazing architecture, but not appealing inside. A very nice Cranbrook woven tapistry in the Chancel.

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We took the Columbus city tour, where an interior tour was the first main stop. One of the claims is that this Eliel Saarinen church was the spark that started modern architecture in the US. We cannot dispute or confirm this, but you can see many amazing innovations that he applied here.

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Cleveland
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Hard to believe that this church is 60 years old! It was the first "modern" church built in the United States - designed by Eliel Saarinen. Worth a visit; it is across the street from the Visitor's Center.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

I was married there. The organ resonated beautifully and the atmosphere peaceful in this old church.

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Columbus, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Columbus is known for its architecture. This is one of many with the Bartholomew County Library just across the street. You get to see two beautiful buildings with one stop.

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Elmhurst, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Near visitor's center and really reveals itself during the tour. This bulding tells the tale of how this movement evolved.

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Bayonne, New Jersey
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This building was designed by the elder Saarinen, and looks as fresh and vital as it did when it was erected 70 years ago. The wonderful way that the windows light the building in such a simple way is truly stunning. Be sure to sit awhile, and take in the beauty of this building. This - and the other buildings... More

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Columbus, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

the tapestry represents jesus' "sermon on the mount" in matthew 5'7. it stands along the right wall in the sanctuary and is surely a wonderful sight.

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Tijeras, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012 via mobile

One of Columbus, Indiana's architectual gems, enter on the side during weekday and take a peek inside. The bell tower is quite an amazing addition the church. Architecture fans a must see!!

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