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Abyssinian Baptist Church

132 Odell Clark Place, Harlem, New York City, NY (Formerly 132 West 138th Street) (Harlem)
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As featured in New York City on a budget
Ranked #663 of 830 attractions in New York City
Type: Religious Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: One of the churches in Harlem where inspiring gospel music is an integral part of the sermon.
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

I had to write something after I saw all the negative comments. I came to NY with my sister and mam to celebrate our mams 80th birthday and a visit to Abyssinian Baptist Church was top of my list of things to do. Whilst I agree the "stewards" are a bit unfriendly, I put that down to them being protective... More

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Madrid, Spanje
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

We always want to visit and see typical things and cultures. Believing this would be a nice new experience we were partially right, it was just not a nice experience. No backpacks allowed, no 'sporty clothes' and you have to be immune to the yelling of sergants treating you like cattle. If you arrive there, you will be put in... More

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Athens, Greece
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

We arrived there, me and my family, 45 minutes before the begging of the worship on the last Sunday of the year. Thought the line was making half the block we decided to stay and take our chance in order to participate in the Mass. The people outside the church receiving visitors are not only impolite. Some of them are... More

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Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy, France
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We went there as respectful persons to see what a Gospell office is for real and not only in movies. We arrived something like an hour before the beginning. A service order was there to "receive" the visitors. I don't know if they are from this church or even from Harlem but they show a very negative picture of the... More

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Nancy, France
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

We were five people coming to see a gospel office in this church on a wednesday. I saw some recommandations in different websites, including some positive reviews on tripadvisor... First of all: believe The negative reviews and don't go there. It doesnt worth it. The people in front of the church enjoy yelling at tourists : find somewhere to put... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Unless you like standing in line for 2 hours and like being yelled at for the same amount of time for not being dressed properly (or so they say...) do NOT go here. What religious community treata people like that? Even when and IF you get inside they won't let you leas untill the end of service, basically you're held... More

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Leipzig, Germany
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We attended at the Wednesday evening service at Aug 21st 2013. We are Protestantic Christians from Germany and came to learn what our Abyssinian sisters and brothers can tell us. Firstly: The service was really interesting, not outstanding, but we enjoyed it much. Secondly: We arrived about half an hour before the beginning of the service and were ordered to... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

When we arrived we saw so many people waiting and we were so badly welcomed that we prefered to leave directly. I would recommand to find another place for this kind of activity.

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Montreal, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

On june 9th 2013 we arrived at the Church at 9.45 a.m. for the mass at 11.00 a.m. Our first question was You have place for us and the answer was follow the line and we will see After that we received during 1 hour a lot of insturctions regarding the dressing no bag no water The people got the... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Reports on a visit to the Abyssinian Baptist Church are varied and I understand poeple's concerns. We went to the 7pm service on a Wednesday night; this is a very good alternative. It is a little more relaxed, only goes for an hour but still maintains the spirit of the occassion. The singing was magical and enthralling with an excellent... More

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