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Address: 132 Odell Clark Place, Harlem, New York City, NY (Formerly 132 West 138th Street)
Phone Number: 212-862-7474
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

One of the churches in Harlem where inspiring gospel music is an...

One of the churches in Harlem where inspiring gospel music is an integral part of the sermon.

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Don't waste your time to go there! No guests are allowed into on Sundays!

We were there on Sunday morning in front ot the door for gospel. The guys at the door say there is no place for tourists. We were said that the church is full of the community and... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2015
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Istanbul, Turkey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We were there on Sunday morning in front ot the door for gospel. The guys at the door say there is no place for tourists. We were said that the church is full of the community and no place for guests. Then we went to another one two blocks furhrer. It seems so that the travel guides have to suggest... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

After my early devotional time, I woke up my family to go together to praise together to this church... Dress us up (a couple and 3 little girls)... 2 Subways to get there and we finally reached the location. We were "not welcome" by 2 members of the church letting us know that "the tourist service is at 11am" I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I can't recommend a trip here enough. It does involve arriving around an hour before the service, and then committing to a 2 hour mass, so not just a casual trip. You also have to wear smart, modest clothes as a mark of respect to the regular parishioners, but these are small inconveniences for such a unique experience. I am... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Cannot believe tourists with negative comments. Many tourists come with no respect for regular churchgoers who come with passion for the Lord. Tourists come in shorts, talk during service and show little interest in the service. We were welcomed into the congregation, loved the passion of the sermon and the two hours passed like no other church service ever before.... More 

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Milan, Italy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I am a Christian. During my stay in NYC I decided, with my family, to go to this Church for the Sunday Mass. We wanted both to meet the Abyssinian Community and to listen to their (supposed) wonderful voices. WE WERE SIMPLY NOT LET INSIDE. Our sin was to be tourists and to not be part of that Community. Now... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

First thing to remember is that this is a church which exists to offer a place of worship for the congregation. Don't go if you are just after "a show". The Sunday I attended, out of perhaps 100-150 tourists, only a handful actually participated in the service (singing, praying etc.). Service took 2hrs, we arrived to the queue 40min before... More 

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I arrived with several hundred other visitors in search of inspiration and that's what this church provides: an excellent choir and band, beautiful building, warm welcome and inspirational service. It's an insight into the dedication of people in Harlem to help one another and build a real sense of community. However... the church advertises its presence to tourists and receives... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I was attending a service with a friend on a very warm sunday in June. We arrived about 1,5 hours before service was supposed to start. There were about 20 people in front of us but in half an hour the line reached the next street corner. Members of the church were marching around and giving orders. People were supposed... More 

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Conway, Arkansas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

To start off, I would like to say that I am a college student, born and raised in a traditional Southern Baptist home. With the traditional southern values instilled in my upbringing, I know how to act in church as well as what is acceptable to wear. This past weekend (Memorial Day 2014), I visited the Abyssinian Baptist Church and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

I have read mixed reviews however the service and singing were the reason for attending and did not disappoint. The rules and regulations are there to protect the church and regular attendees - this is a church and not solely an attraction. Wonderful music and singing voices. The stewards stand for no nonsense and make sure nothing detracts from worship.... More 

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