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Abyssinian Baptist Church Office, New York City
(2/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
The Abyssinian Baptist Church, located at 132 West 138th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was built in 1922-23 and was designed by Charles W. Bolton & Son in Gothic Revival and Tudor Revival styles - it has also been described as "Collegiate Gothic". It features stained glass windows and marble furnishings The church is noted for its ministers, including Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Over the years, the church has served as a place for African American spirituality, politics and community.The church and its associated community house were designated a New York City Landmark on July 13, 1993.HistoryThe congregation began after an incident in 1808, when visiting free Ethiopian seamen and allied African-American parishioners left the First Baptist Church in protest over being restricted to racially segregated seating. They named their new congregation the Abyssinian Baptist Church after the historic name of Ethiopia. Founded in 1809, it was the third oldest Baptist church in America.
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  • We did not get to go inside but enjoyed looking at the architecture and hearing the history of the church and prominent members. 
  • Gospel singing is a music that I like as much, we arrived with my wife very early because that is what is recommended, the first work (as they call it) starts 8.30 pm. The surprise was that only tourists could enter at 11,30 am. We had to do a row opposite the Church from 10.00 pm to get the pass. From that moment the treatment offered by all caregivers security, parking places, which regulate everything, was itself a violent attitude. Ill-treatment, illogical taxation (for example a person looked after by u$ 10 backpacks for men since could not enter with anything; if women with your wallet?) Then each person wore in small groups and we were located where they indicated. I think that some superior of this church should lower lines so that we visited and even collaborate at will with what you ask for, should be treated in the same way the spirit touting its praises and sermons. Apart from all this, I was able to know and experience a culture unknown until that time.
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  • First of all thanks to the Metro BLine at 125 st... from late walk and singing coming from inside, so "man? "And put on European tourists seemed to be a couple so far were hesitant, thanks. Sth of the tall blacks Uncle I of from four hours, were nothing but defend, was trounced by 120% voice and hand-clapping. Sister go out when "God bless you!" And I won't forget I still shake hands.
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  • They won't accept visitors anymore and send you to another church without gospel, a 20 minutes service just full of tourists. Not authentic at all. Very poor experience.
  • the best people and good brothers for the brasilian turists
  • Beautiful church and an interesting experience.
  • This Church was founded in 1808 It is one of the oldest Churches in NYC. The presiding Pastor is a Great ortator and wonderful person. I was delighted to visit this church with such a perstigious history. I really enjoyed my visit and will vist again
  • Always be after service with different churches