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Review of St. Paul's Chapel

St. Paul's Chapel
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US$69.00*
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One World Observatory and World Trade Center Tour
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 24 June 2014

This church is the Manhattan's oldest public building. The little church has a lot to say. Just go around and see the peaceful atmosphere and the shelter it provided at various calamities and how it stands as a safe heaven for the needy.
Just go inside the church and some of the exhibits and a calm and peaceful place. Pray and mediate in this calm atmospere.
You can also see the bell of hope in front of the church
The church has witnessed the Great fire in 1776 and survived the 9/11 terrorist attack.

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Reviewed 20 June 2014

In the shadow of the World Trade Center this Church became the spiritual home of 'Ground Zero'. If that wasn't enough the chapel history dates back to George Washington. This is a must on your 'Trade Center' itinerary ... In fact, make this the first thing to see. It will set the mood for everything else.

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Reviewed 16 June 2014

This is the little chapel that was used as a place of rest and refuge for the recovery workers at the World Trade Centers after 9/11. We were able to attend a little prayer service while we were there. You could see where the fire fighters slept with their boots on because the benches were all scuffed up. It's definitely worth the time!

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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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