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King's Chapel

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Address: 58 Tremont St, Tremont and School Streets, Boston, MA 02108-3201
Phone Number:
+1 617-523-1749
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Built in 1754, this was the first Anglican church in America; it later...

Built in 1754, this was the first Anglican church in America; it later became the country's first Unitarian house of worship.

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Great crypt and bell tower tour

Great tour, good bit of history and social perspective. Biggest bell from Paul revere, awesome seats in church, and nice view into crypt.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 September 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Great tour, good bit of history and social perspective. Biggest bell from Paul revere, awesome seats in church, and nice view into crypt.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

This church is beautiful. They have educational talks on a regal basis and you really learn a lot about the building and its influence to Paul Revere's famous ride. Highly recommend going inside and listening!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Since this is a stop on the Freedom Trail, naturally the focus is on the colonial era. This church has a very interesting history, dating back to its contentious founding in the 17th century as the first Anglican church in Boston. The construction of the existing building -- AROUND the prior building, which was disassembled and removed through the windows... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

This is a self guided tour. The history of the chapel is very interesting as well as the architecture. Be sure to look around and take some time for reflection. Don't miss the organ and the governor's pew. It is well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

When we arrived the Chapel was closed. It looks small from the outside. The burial ground next to it dates back 381 years ! Spooky. But fantastic history.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I found this place very grim, but the tour guide was sufficiently informed to give a useful tour for a fee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Happened to stop in as we were walking to Boston Commons with or two kids, 5 & 7. The boxed pews were something to see, interesting bit of history on why they were constructed that way and who used them. Only need about 15-20 minutes to check everything out. Free, but there is a donation box at the staffed entrance.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

This church is on the Freedom Trail right across from the Omni Parker House Hotel. Constructed in 1749 and was the first Anglican Church in America. After the Revolutionary War it became the first Unitarian Church in America. If you were a Puritan then this event of an Anglican Church arrival would have upset you as the Puritans resented this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Another worthwhile stop on the Freedom Trail a few steps on from the Granary Burying Ground. Worth a few minutes at least just to see the boxed pews reflecting a family's wealth... Ironic really!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Just interesting. Old cemetery adjacent. You just have to stop and think about all the history, just for a moment. (How do you rate a church?)

Thank linda c

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