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St. Thomas Church

1 West 53rd St, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
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Ranked #60 of 635 Attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: Built in 1913, this impressive church contains statues of more than 40 saints and bishops.
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Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Owner description: Built in 1913, this impressive church contains statues of more than 40 saints and bishops.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Attended for worship whilst on holiday. A beautiful place to worship. The clergy and locals are welcoming but keep their distance which seems right.The service was lovely and the music was glorious. A few English accents which made us feel at home.

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NJ
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Spectacular building, rivals any in Europe for grandeur. Offers high church, traditional service. Not to be missed if you are sightseeing near Rockefeller Plaza area. Doors are almost always open during the daytime. A calm place to rest as well on a hot or cold day. St. Pat's gets the crowds, but this is the one to see !

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Jacksonville, Florida
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237 reviews 237 reviews
56 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I have been attending church at St. Thomas on my annual trips to New York for 30 years, so I know this church. In contrast to St. Patrick's Cathedral (which is right down the street), those who care for St. Thomas have been very careful that their church not turn into a tourist trap. Visitors are welcome, but they maintain... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

My wife and I saw this church while walking down the street and had to check it out. It is beautiful and amazing. I could describe it but it would never do it justice. if you are in NYC, you will want to check this out.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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323 reviews 323 reviews
175 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We saw this as we were walking down towards the Cathedral (see review) and had to have a look inside if the outside was anything to go by - which as one can see is an architectural gem. The inside is as wonderful - no pictures as there were worshippers and did not want to disrespect at that time -... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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129 reviews 129 reviews
65 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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
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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
57 helpful votes 57 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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