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This Holy Haven

Cecil Calvert, Lord Baltimore, established the Maryland colony, naming it for England’s Roman Catholic queen. A Catholic himself, Calvert upheld religious freedom even when other colonies did not. For 300 years, such tolerance has made Baltimore a spiritual refuge as well as a city of significant architecture.

Witness: the 1870
Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church and the 1898 St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, both blessed with stained glass by Tiffany, plus two of America’s oldest houses of worship—the Baltimore Basilica designed by Benjamin Latrobe and the 1845 Greek Revival-style Lloyd Street Synagogue.

Pilgrims find serenity at
St. Mary’s Spiritual Center, site of the home (shown) of Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity and the first U.S.-born Catholic saint.

600 N. Paca St., Seton Hill, 410.728.6464, www.stmarysspiritualcenter.org