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Bethesda by the Sea

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Address: 141 S County Rd, Palm Beach, FL 33480-6135
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+1 561-655-4554

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Beautiful church and the gardens are peaceful and well appointed. Definitely worth a visit. Giant goldfish are fun to see.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful church and the gardens are peaceful and well appointed. Definitely worth a visit. Giant goldfish are fun to see.

Thank LindieNYC
Andorra la Vella, Andorra
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you are european its very new and nothing special but for Florida residents its an extremely old part of their history. The congregation must be one of the richest in the world and the upkeep reflects that. look out for all the vultures on the roof early evening. They also have a very nice Xmas display in the grounds.

Thank barcaranger
Palm Springs, California
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Have attended 3 services here, a Sunday service, a memorial and a wedding. Each was beautiful in their own way. The church itself is gorgeous inside and out, the congregation is a nice mix and the music is wonderful. Church hall also inviting.

Thank Sunnymira1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Compared to the old churches we have visited in Europe, Bethesda is not remarkable. However, it is the most "European" church in Florida. The stain glass windows are beautiful. The pipe organ is large and I wish I could hear it being played. If you visit the Flagler Museum this is close by and worth a stop.

Thank Mike7980
Seneca, South Carolina
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246 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Bethesda-by-the-Sea is beautiful Episcopal Church by the Lake Worth Lagoon in Palm Beach, Florida. Built in 1925, it's history goes back to 1889. It is the oldest house of worship in Palm Beach. The church consists of the main building in gothic revival style surrounding a courtyard. The gardens in the back are lovely. Make sure you go to the... More 

Thank Sharon C
Sugar Land
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393 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped here as we strolled county Avenue on Palm Beach. The church is very nicely done. Not quite as glamorous as those in Europe, but the Stainglass windows on the concrete walls give a very majestic feeling. Make sure to go through the gardens that are on the side of the church. They are really pretty and for a quarter... More 

1 Thank Greg W
Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

What else can I add? The Reviewers' descriptions & photos say it all. I have admired & appreciated the magnificent architecture of many churches & gardens, but never a property like this. The stately Gothic exterior is a head-turner. Inside the quietly stunning sanctuary ~ nothing pretentious here. Meaningful ornate accents are appropriately placed so that the simplistic beauty stands... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,771 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

If you are visiting Palm Beach, Florida, you have to take time to see the Flagler museum, the Breakers, Worth Avenue and Bethesda-By-The-Sea. The first church in Palm Beach County, Bethesda-By-The-Sea stands yards from the Atlantic Ocean at the corner of North County Road and Barton Avenue. The Episcopal Church is the oldest house of worship in Palm Beach, dating... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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156 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Friends who came sang in choir 30 years ago. Church and grounds beautiful worth trip to see. Parking sketchy but can be done as long as church not in session.

1 Thank Lorraine J
Port Washington, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

great side trip after a tour of the Flagler museum down the street,make sure to walk in back way back the koi gardens are wonderful!

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