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St. Thomas Church

1 West 53rd St, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #103 of 864 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Description: Built in 1913, this impressive church contains statues of more than 40 saints and bishops.
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Memphis, Tennessee
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Just walking down the street decided to take a look and it was incredible! Very glad we stopped in and looked around as the wood carvings were very surreal. Just couldn't believe the detail and the craftsmanship. Very cool site to see.

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Houston, Texas
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124 reviews 124 reviews
64 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Honestly, I didn't have this on my travel plan and didn't realize this church's existence until I walked by the beautiful doorway. Being a fan of church architecture, I was curious about this impressive church. After walking into the building, I was glad that I did not miss the beauty within. Because this is not even listed as a tourist... More

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Brooksville, Florida, Usa
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I enjoyed the tall pointed arches which gave this church a Gothic magnificence. If you happen to be shopping on 5th Avenue this is a great place to take a break...go from the material to the spiritual..

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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174 reviews 174 reviews
73 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This is a beautiful site. It matches the beauty of any small european cathedral. I've been to the UK, Paris, and Colone and had not seen a church quite like this one. If you take children, make sure they know how to behave in a church to avoid beeing reprimended. The caretakers of this place don't have much of a... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Stepping through the door into the Gothic Church was like entering a sanctuary. The hustle and bustle was left behind, a darkish cool quiet enveloped us. Beautiful statues with delicate details invite to sit and marvel and become still, nourishing the soul.

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Austin, Texas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This church is definitely Gothic in architecture and pretty eerie inside. It's dark and there is loud, low organ music playing that makes it feel almost haunted. The stained glass is beautiful and very unique, but for an active church it felt very strange, in my opinion.

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Lubbock, Texas
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146 reviews 146 reviews
71 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

What a lovely small church. The cathedral vaulted ceiling is beautiful and the stained glass windows are magnificent. It appears to be renovated in the past few years, making the windows spectacular. So glad we were able to walk through the church and take it all in. I've walked past it many times, happy to finally enter and enjoy.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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176 reviews 176 reviews
107 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

We visited this church on the recommendation of a worker at St Patricks Cathedral down the street. It is a darker church but very peaceful and quite spiritual. The columns are soaring and draw your eyes up to the very beautiful stained glass windows. But the real highlight is the magnificent stone carving behind the altar. It us well worth... More

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

take some time, walk there and just marvel at the amazing gothic architecture and sheer beauty inside. It sits in between the concrete jungle of skyscrapers.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

I visited St Thomas Church on a Saturday afternoon two weeks before Christmas. I had just spent the day at the Met and after a nice saunter up 5th Ave in the snow, was able to enjoy a time of peacefulness at an Evensong service here. The choir music was angelic, the readings of Scripture encouraging. The architecture and atmosphere... More

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