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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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Ranked #710 of 856 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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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Well I have seen some shockers in my time on 5 continents but these clowns take the cake. But what I found amazing was the hundreds of white folk lining up and being abused by negro neo natzi style church officers who looked like a cross between pimps at Night Club and extras in that 007 movie (Live and Let... More

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Helsinki, Finland
3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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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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6 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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6 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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