Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, New York City

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3/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
The Mother African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, also known as "Mother Zion", located at 140–148 West 137th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, is the oldest African-American church in New York City, and the "mother church" of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion conference.The church was designated a New York City Landmark on July 13, 1993.BuildingThe building was constructed between 1923 and 1925 and was designed by architect George W. Foster, Jr., one of the first registered African-American architects in the United States. It is neo-Gothic in style, with a "simple facade", similar to several other Protestant churches built in Manhattan during the late 19th century and early 20th century. The sanctuary has an "auditorium" layout, of a type that was becoming popular with Protestant congregations at the time, rather than a "cross" form of layout, which has a deep chancel for the altar, and a long nave intersected by two transepts. The seating is arranged in a wide arc around the altar and pulpit, and features a wide balcony on the second level, also in an arc layout. Seating capacity inside the church is about 1000.
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  • We were greeted with a welcome smile, the ceremony is very lively and cheerful addictive, with hymns and organ music. Really nice and impressive.
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  • We were more than 90% tourists. The crafts are oriented towards tourism and not them. Of made, practically not had any indigenous. A penalty. Loconoci 20 years ago and was quite an experience, now a turistada. I advise to look for another Church in the network...
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  • Ended up at this church when we were going to be filled. Pretty empty where they first were tourists. The choir was 4-6 people so even the small. But it was still baste with good lungs on the choir and pastor drove all in!
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