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Religious or not, if you’re an architecture buff, check out these amazing churches that can only be found in the Garden State.

New Jersey churches may not get the kind of press that churches found in places such as Italy or Spain my receive, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not notable.

New Jersey has tons of beautiful churches, many of them right in our Central Jersey backyards, that are worth a visit for those who can appreciate colorful stained glass windows, historic structures and breathtaking columns.

Religious or not, if you’re an architecture buff, check out these amazing churches that can only be found in the Garden State.

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Princeton University Chapel

When the Princeton University Chapel was completed in 1928 with a $2 million price tag and a Tudor Gothic style, the imposing chapel — which can seat 2,000 people — was second in size only to the chapel at King’s College, Cambridge University. Today, it’s also home to frequent weddings and memorial services for alumni, faculty, and many other friends of the University.

The Princeton University Chapel, however, wasn’t the first chapel to grace the grounds of Princeton University. It was built in response to a fire that destroyed Marquand Chapel in 1920. This left worship services to be held in Alexander Hall, where Professor Woodrow Wilson delivered his address, “Princeton in the Nation’s Service,” for several years. In the meantime, University President John Grier Hibben issued an appeal for funds to construct a chapel.

If you go: Princeton University Chapel; 609-258-3047, religiouslife.princeton.edu/chapel

St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral

The Metuchen cathedral features interior walls constructed of limestone with marble wainscoting, woodwork made of solid oak, terrazzo floors and the altars formed with marble imported from Italy. Over the main altar, visitors can see a near-life size bronze crucifix topped by an exquisite Gothic baldacchino. At the rear of the church, a spectacular rose window can be found.

The first frame church of St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral seated 225 people, which…