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St. John's Church

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Address: 1525 H St Northwest, Washington DC, DC 20005
Phone Number: 202 347 8766
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Nice little church

This church is right in front of Lafayette park and then the white house. It is famous for being the church of several presidents. The interior is plain but filled with history.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
Washington DC, District of Columbia

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This church is right in front of Lafayette park and then the white house. It is famous for being the church of several presidents. The interior is plain but filled with history.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

When visiting DC we always stay at a hotel close to the White House, which means we are close to this little gem. Small, with no obvious bells and whistles, but worth a quick stop and peek inside. My favorite part, the plaque that identifies the pew where President Lincoln would sit for worship. A wonderful piece of history.

Thank tschuh
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Not gonna lie, I love that this church is yellow! Most presidents have worshipped here at one point or another. It's very close to the White House, so definitely worth stopping by to see it on your way to or from the White House. Go inside to learn more!

1 Thank WhitO5214
Bethesda, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

It's a historical church where most presidents have attended because it is the one closest to the White House. Went there for Christmas Day service, which was sparsely attended. In contrast, the Washington Cathedral would be packed. Nice serene atmosphere here, except for one couple who decided their 1 or 2 year old should attend the service too. She was... More 

Thank Margaret C
Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Great intimate historical church with a wonderful staff. This is probably the most often missed great site in DC. Easy location and the only "reserved" pew markers are those for presidents

Thank wherenextnc
Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This is billed out front as an Episcopal Protestant Church. While I don't know the various religions, this seemed like a smaller congregation that was having a service during the time of my visit. It is a quiet and less spectacular church that is located very close to the White House itself, which is why many Presidents have attended services... More 

Thank Larry W
Chesley, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Yes it's a historical church, just like a million others. Go for a service. The rector is a very liberal Hispanic. Excellent sermons combining jesus and kindness to the unfortunate. Obviously an episcopal church is not for the ultra conservative. We have gone several times on our stay in dc and never seen a president. But people are friendly and... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

I believe this is where President Obama attends church. The church is quite close to the White House Very simple, serene and contemplative interior . Commenced as a church in 1815 this is an extremely simple Protestant house of worship. Worth a visit for its background alone

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This historic almost 200 year old church is about a block from the White House and is known as the Presidents Church because every president since Madison has attended services here. You can sit in the last pew on the right as you enter which was Lincoln's pew when he came here during the Civil War. Pew 54 is designated... More 

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South Florida, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I went there the next morning and saw a homeless man sitting there on my way back from my morning prayer and was able to give him my bottle of ICE. IT was the best thing I have done in months to help my soul and heart. The church served even when the doors were closed.. Thank you God!

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