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Christ Church, Philadelphia

Church · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
"The Nation's Church" also known as Christ Church was the first Protestant Episcopal church in the U.S. This National Historic Landmark was founded in 1695, but the construction of this structure didn't begin until 1727. The church's steeple was built in 1754 and, at 60 m (197 ft) high, was actually the tallest building on the continent at the time. Take in the structure's famous colonial craftsmanship and 18th-century architecture. Step inside the church, which hosted 15 signers of the Declaration of Independence in its congregation, among other historical figures. Arrange to visit Christ Church and other attractions in Philadelphia using our Philadelphia online trip itinerary maker.
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  • Wasn’t sure how interesting going inside would be but we were glad we went. The church does an excellent job putting together a tour brochure and the highlight is seeing the presidential pew where...  more »
  • This is an old Episcopal church in Philadelphia just a few blocks from Penn's Landing at the end of Market Street. According to the history, the church was founded in 1695 as a parish of the Church...  more »
  • History comes alive in a Church that was essentially our national cathedral during the Revolutionary War. Sit where Washington and Franklin sat. Touch historical treasures. The tour guides know there....  more »
  • Caught the end of a service here while we were in Philadelphia (we didn't realize the change to summer hours). Very welcoming place with a lot of history. Well worth a visit either to attend a service or for a tour.
  • Centuries old but well maintained church which is still active year round with passionate leaders and traditional organ music. Neighborhood house (Building beside the church) is church office where you can meet church clergy men & women who work from 8:30 am to 5 PM. Too many visitors due to church's rich history and If you are visiting during visitors hours then sorry you cannot have quite or have a moment of prayer as tourists guides inside the church speak bit loud. Among locals this place is known as ... The church of the American president's !
  • I love this sacred historical place. They're cleaning restoring the steeple until December. They could really use some donations. Even 1 helps. They're campaign is "Imagine philly without it."
  • Beautiful old church. The guide told us about the reach history that this church played in Philadelphia. I did not realize how much. We sat down in Benjamin Franklin and George Washington pews. Wow. There is an oldest artifact in US still in use, the font for baptism.
  • very peaceful place that's the reason i like to visit here. The ambiance here was very positive and the people were also nice. Must visit place

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