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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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  • This small chapel is located midway between the skyscrapers of New York. It is the oldest existing church building in Manhattan. Acts somewhat oddly in this area dominated by modern high buildings. Wouldn't you expect so, but still a detour worth.
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  • This church is such an amazing part of history from George Washington's inaugural speech to surviving 9/11. 
  • St Paul's is a lovely little church near the 9/11 memorial site in New York City. You can walk in and see inside the church. 
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  • Such history here at this Church. It has survived throughout the years, the cemetery in the front are a haunting reminder of just how old this place is. Headstones dating back to the late 1790s, inside is a fantastic setting befitting of the times when it was built. Definatly a must see historical landmark.
  • This beautiful church has played a in role in American history from colonial days to 9/11/01 and the days that followed. St. Paul's is a "must visit" place, even if you're not religious. The stories here are inspiring and extremely interesting as it's the oldest building in Manhattan (it was here before America was America). More than anything, the survival story of the church when towers collapsed is incredible. There are free 9/11 exhibits as well as other historical artifacts. It's a nice place to catch your breath after visiting the 9/11 Memorial. This is by far one of the most historical sites in New York City, or even the US for that matter. It's more than just a church, it's a trip back in time. From pirates to presidents and lots in between, the history of the place will surprise you!
  • It is a small church but is quite remarkable for being the oldest surviving building in the city, built 10 years before the US gained its independence. Various exhibits inside the church remind visitors of its importance as a place of refuge following the 9/11 attacks, owing to its proximity to the fallen towers.
  • This is a very nice area to walk through after visiting the 9/11 memorial. It is incredible to read the information on the walls and to just try to understand what the church has been through. Please be respectful as you observe this amazing location.
  • This small chapel is full of memories of those who participated in the evacuation of the twin towers on 11/9. You can see the marks left by the firefighters on the benches when they laid down for a while after having worked for more than 24h.