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St. Paul's Chapel, New York City

Church · Hidden Gem · Religious Site
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 holiday builder to arrange your visit to St. Paul's Chapel and other attractions in New York City.
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  • Amazing to go and show to kids. Beautiful !!! The outside and the interior is amazing, perfect for anybody to visit !  more »
  • What a beautiful chapel! We were walking around Lower Manhattan and stumbled on it near The Oculus. Highly recommend!  more »
  • This small, beautiful chapel is grounded in America's founding history (it was founded in the 18th century and George Washington worshipped here), as well as in more recent history - given it's...  more »
  • Such an amazing church that was not touched during the 9/11 tragedy. It is amazing that after all the attacks it was not hurt in any way. That is a great feeling to know that such a holy place was protected during that time. Such a beautiful sight to see.
  • Beautiful Part of history I love sharing with my kids.. This place is very special and you feel it as you walk about. St. Paul's Chapel helped out during the 911 attacks also. Rich with history !! One of the biggest most beautiful organs I've ever seen and it sounds amazing . One block away from ground zero memorial.
  • I went inside and it was like a "WoW" feeling.... Amazing how after 9/11 this church was not touch, is still there. History tell us this is the church George Washington went after his inauguration to worship, Praise God. How amazing is God Grace. If you around the area pass by and afterward go to Joe Pizza, the best spot for a NYC slice,👍
  • What a lovely serene place. I lucked out and caught the last of the organist's practice. Beautiful place, with so much good karma from the past. This is truly a holy place, even for an atheist like me.
  • The 9/11 Memorial and nearby St Paul's Church. George Washington prayed in this church upon his inauguration when the nation's capital was NYC before Washington DC. Small, simple, sacred. The Bell of Hope given to NYC by London upon first anniversary of 9/11 on 9/11/02. Hallowed ground and sobering, humbling.

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