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“A church that reminds of heroism and sacrifices made”
Review of St. Paul's Chapel

St. Paul's Chapel
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Ranked #47 of 1,151 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The chapel is closed for restoration until work is completed in the fall. The churchyard will remain open. St. Paul's Chapel is part of Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal parish that has been a part of New York City since 1697. The parish is deeply rooted in the city’s and the nation’s history. Established during the British occupation of New York and recognized by royal charter, Trinity was the first Anglican Church (which followed the services of the Church of England and included the King or Queen in its prayers) in Manhattan. St. Paul's Chapel was founded in 1766 as a chapel-of-ease at Broadway and Fulton Street. George Washington prayed there after his inauguration as President in 1789. Located just across the street from the World Trade Center, St. Paul’s played an important role in hosting recovery workers after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Reviewed 13 June 2014

St Pauls, which is modelled on St Martin's in London (except they use what looks like the front entrance in St Martins as the rear in St Pauls and vice versa), has been extremely lucky over the centuries. Death and destruction have several times wreaked havoc of the surrounding area, only for the church to remain standing with either no or very little damage.
This church was used as a shelter and place of rest for those who dug through the pile after the 9/11 attacks and if you visit the church you will see many mementoes of this. There is a makeshiftt cot that the fire fighters, policemen and volunteers slept on in between digging, an altar that has remained the same since with pictures of the missing and the dead, tokens of encouragement and thankfulness sent by many around the world and it is quite an atmospheric place.
I mean, churches are of course in any case atmospheric, but this one has several extra degrees of holiness.

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Stopped here during the New York City Shuttle Tour. While undergoing a lot of refurbishment, it is still an amazingly beautiful church. You can go in and look around during refurbishment and even pray if you want. Lots of beautiful areas of this chapel.

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Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

Stopped here as it's the only pre revolution church in New York. Lovely church with a sense of history and it's great to read some of the tombstones and the inscriptions although some are sad such as the woman buried with four of her dead VERY young children. The church was a focal point of mourning and rest area during 9/11 and there is a good display still up describing it all. Well worth the stop and to prepare you for the 9/11 museum itself.

Thank jezz c
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

My wife and I visited St Pauls in October 2010. The chapel is an amazing piece of history. The entire place was very somber and incredibly moving for my wife and I.

Thank Jon M
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

This should be tied into a day spent around the WTC area and you will be awed by the beauty of this gem in the middle of such modernised buildings.

Thank Dan S
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