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The Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York City

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The Abyssinian Baptist Church, located at 132 West 138th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was built in 1922-23 and was designed by Charles W. Bolton & Son in Gothic Revival and Tudor Revival styles - it has also been described as "Collegiate Gothic". It features stained glass windows and marble furnishings The church is noted for its ministers, including Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Over the years, the church has served as a place for African American spirituality, politics and community.The church and its associated community house were designated a New York City Landmark on July 13, 1993.HistoryThe congregation began after an incident in 1808, when visiting free Ethiopian seamen and allied African-American parishioners left the First Baptist Church in protest over being restricted to racially segregated seating. They named their new congregation the Abyssinian Baptist Church after the historic name of Ethiopia. Founded in 1809, it was the third oldest Baptist church in America.
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  • Very impressive gospel service that, if you're dressed respectfully, can attend free. You will only be admitted to the service on Sunday 11:30 am and not those of 9 am. Also no access on religious feast days, such as Easter and visitors must not to act like tourists: no flip flops, no backpacks, no camera, no uncovered shoulders. It is not a gospel performance, but a normal serves with tiptop dressed people. You also serves as guest the full 2.5 hours to sit out. Metro: 135th Street on the 2 or 3 subway. Collect at 11.00 am on 132 W 138 St. connecting in line. See their site for full info.
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  • It is a church in Harlem, I feel. Powerful bright and approachable. Friendliness of the Church is very impressive. When it comes to Harlem, why would people. Building is quite nice.
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  • The perception that one has from the first moment is that there is a constant presence of visitors and that is why there is so much severity at the entrance. I recommend you don't carry backpacks because I have to be left out to a lady (outside the Church) on payment of $10 (the bags are accepted). If you do not want to attend the entire function (approximately two hours) outputs the first part when the doors are open because during "sermon" doesn't make you more out ... until the end. Still worth to stay: it is a unique experience. You can't shoot it photographs.
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  • They won't accept visitors anymore and send you to another church without gospel, a 20 minutes service just full of tourists. Not authentic at all. Very poor experience.
  • the best people and good brothers for the brasilian turists
  • Beautiful church and an interesting experience.
  • This Church was founded in 1808 It is one of the oldest Churches in NYC. The presiding Pastor is a Great ortator and wonderful person. I was delighted to visit this church with such a perstigious history. I really enjoyed my visit and will vist again
  • Always be after service with different churches