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Sacred Sites Weekend Offers Inside Look on Religious Architecture

Sacred places of worship are expanding out to the community, showing off their religious art and architecture.

It's all part of the New York Landmarks Conservancy's fifth annual Sacred Sites Weekend.

The Preservation Association of the Southern Tier has helped recruit 20 sites throughout the community. Congregations including the Christ Episcopal Church, St. Patrick's Church and the Union Presbyterian Church opened their doors welcoming visitors to check out the artistic works of various faiths, styles and time periods.

The works include things like gold-toned domes, hand-carved wooden structures and historical stained-glass windows.

"People 200 years ago had the foresight to build this church as they did many other churches and synagogues in this community. They wanted to do things for the welfare of the community. So I think that it's just important to highlight what people have done before us and what we have inherited and what we want to see continue into the future, " said Chair of Christ Church Historical Committee Sue Sarcynski.

According to officials, the Conservancy's Sacred Sites program provides financial and technical assistance for restoring religious sites and is currently the only statewide program in the nation providing the service.