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“Beautiful Church”

Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
Reviewed 25 September 2013

We stayed at a hotel near this church on a Sunday. We were walking by and the church was open so we went inside and it was a very beautiful church built in 1812. A great church to attend or just to see if you happen to be in the Times Square area.

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Reviewed 11 April 2013 via mobile

My wife and I were staying accross the street at The Muse Hotel and noticed the Church of St Mary. We droped in to visit and loved the church. The ceiling has been repainted and is stunning. The wood carvings of Jesus Christ on the cross are remarkable. The church welcomes any visitor during the day. A peaceful contrast to Times Square which is less than 100 yards away.

3  Thank MacAtlantaGa_
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Reviewed 3 April 2013

St. Mary the Virgin, known by its many fans as "Smoky Mary's" due to the fact that, with its high Anglican services and its fairly modest size (being a midtown church jammed into the middle of a city block after all), once the incense gets going, there will be more than a few folks coughing and wiping tears from the corners of their eyes. I'm being overly dramatic, but just to be cautious, I keep my visits to between services, or when there are concerts there.

Most recently, in conjunction with Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, St. Mary the Virgin hosted a concert given by the Ensemble Basiani from the Republic of Georgia. This group is absolutely extraordinary. I had heard them previously as part of a Mostly Mozart mini-festival exploring polyphonic music at Alice Tully Hall, which was great, but this time, hearing them all by themselves, in a more intimate space with a supportive acoustic, was much much nicer.

A nice touch at the end was that there was a bit of a reception in a hall just to the left of the sanctuary. It was great to have a small glass of wine and shake the hands of a few of the gentlemen of the chorus.

4  Thank Charming_Karl
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Reviewed 26 February 2013

I came here twice to listen to the Tallis Scholars and the New York Polyphony. A perfect place as the voices rise through the church and sound absolutely heavenly. The architecture inside is beautiful, especially the starry ceiling.

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Reviewed 21 December 2012

Such a beautiful church. Easy to miss as you walk by but well worth going in. Amazing architectural details, just a lovely, peaceful place away from the hustle and bustle.

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