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St. Paul's Chapel, New York City

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The oldest surviving public church building in Manhattan, St. Paul's Chapel features a simple but comfortable interior, designed to encourage attendance. Built in the 1760s on land granted by the queen of England, the chapel is a classic example of Georgian churches characteristic for its time. The building survived the fire of 1776, when the British captured the city and devastated the neighborhood. After the attacks on September 11, 2001, the chapel became a place of refuge for recovery workers from the nearby site of the collapsed twin towers. To see where George Washington worshiped when he visited the chapel, look for the oil painting of the national coat of arms, which hangs right over his pew. Use our New York City itinerary maker to add St. Paul's Chapel and other attractions to your New York City vacation plans.
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  • The church is an amazing old structure, very close to the World Trade Center area. A walk through the graveyard is very peaceful and quiet amid the hustle and bustle of New York. It is a good place fo...  more »
  • This church makes you realize how historic NYC is. Washington went to services here before his inauguration. Church was spared from the devastation of 9/11. Very interesting.  more »
  • We visited here as part of the 911 tour. It;s amazing that this very old building was still standing after the Twin Towers came down on 9/11/01  more »
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  • This place is amaizing. It has such a strong history in New York City. It has survived 9-11 and a fire which swept the region in the 1800's. The inside has such a peaceful feeling. The architecture is beautiful and the glass near the alter is interesting because some of the panes are pink, some green and some clear glass. Along the walls are nicely done history of the Parish. A back room has been dedicated to 9-11. This is where the workers of the tragedy came to rest, find shelter and food. This was the main organization location for the rescue and recovery efforts. The back room has a lower case displaying the patches of the squadrons involved. During 9-11 the outside fence was where all of those who came to show respect came to place candles, flowers and photos or to cry over loved ones. The iron fence held many items of sorrow and loss for a city which needed to grieve during 9-11. Behind the church is a quaint cemetery with old stones going back to the beginning of the United States being settled. The trees are old and have stood the test of time and tragedy and the entire area has a feel of being put back in time or back in Europe with tall Wall Street buildings dwarfing this Chapel. The Chapels tower must have been the tallest in the area for a very long time and now it is the shortest.
  • I like historical tourism. This chapel is where on April 30, 1789, after Washington took the oath of office to become the first President of the United States, he made his way from Federal Hall on Wall Street to St. Paul’s Chapel, where he attended services. Also where 9/11 rescue workers congregated to rest and share meals between shift offers a truly special landmark
  • Not only historic; for George Washington went here, the church was used extensively by rescuers in 9/11/2001! It is very old and beautiful as well! Unknown to many is a program for homeless that has helped many get back on their feet! The clocks give everyone the beautiful time with their historic hands not digitally!
  • Behind the shadow of God stands the great determination and power. What a powerful place it is!
  • Church was a very emotional experience. It was incredible to see how close it was to the world trade centers and did not get touched. Very cool to see the benches and pictures of how the church was used to serve first responders during 9/11.

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