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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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  • History and more history. If that is what you enjoy then this is the place for you. And the surrounding building are a delight  more »
  • The proximity to WTC, you can visit two attractions or more than once. I found small but representative.
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  • Only a few meters from the memorial and the Freedom Tower: another place full of emotion. Through this chapel that stood at the foot of the world trade center and who has been the theatre of operations in the hours that followed the attacks of September 11, 2011. Also visit the cemetery of the Chapel, you will find the grave of a famous french with epitaph in the language of Molière. Small passage if you zone in the neighborhood!
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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.