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Abyssinian Baptist Church

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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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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: One of the churches in Harlem where inspiring gospel music is an integral...
One of the churches in Harlem where inspiring gospel music is an integral part of the sermon.
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JESUS CHRIST WOULD NOT APPRECIATE THEIR BEHAVIOR, FOR SURE!

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... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
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Milan, Italy
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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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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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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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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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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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