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Mother AME Zion Church, New York City

(3.4/5 based on 25 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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  • Look into further, and is great. Modern interior that looks old-fashioned, while I thought how it was. Like a theater than a church like what. Sometimes, however, people and atmosphere close to the Harlem are friendly I thought.
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  • The experience was wonderful. Although the celebration is very long and not allowed us to take pictures, we had never before heard such beautiful voices.
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  • We came across this church by accident on Christmas day and that meant we were very well received the guys who sang were great and the setting was really engaging and exciting. I highly recommend it!!
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  • This is where I went to church with my Great - Grandmother. Beautiful church and atmosphere.