Mother AME Zion Church, New York City

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 went to the Abyssinian Church and there was a huge queue, they told us that we not entered and advised us this. Also had tail but much less (normal, can be considered the mass gospel a tourist attraction). The surprise is that even though we were tourists, more than half were parishioners of the neighbourhood, very authentic and moving. We got a great deal and although it is free it is recommended to leave a tip.
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  • Is a good alternative to the main church of Harlem. I was on Easter Sunday ceremony and was brutal!! Sui generis form as the message is passed to the public and interesting interaction between the priest and the faithful. Culture and gospel roots always present in songs and powerful voices choir and tuned in an unforgettable ceremony for me. Sympathy and welcome I felt part of the community. That's the best compliment I can do. Thank you very much
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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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  • There is only street parking. Most members double park and block people for the hours.
  • Great place to worship! Life changing
  • This is where I went to church with my Great - Grandmother. Beautiful church and atmosphere.
  • The Reverend is amazing!!
  • I recommend

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