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Christ Church

N. 2nd Street at Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
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Ranked #13 of 284 attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cemeteries
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: This church's congregation has included Ben Franklin, George Washington and Betsy Ross.
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Great staff. Someone working there to explain the history of the church, how the pews were made and why they looked the way they did, etc. Bought two bulky items at the gift shop and one of the church staff took them and had them packed and shipped for us- didn't know people still did nice stuff like that anymore!

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Port Huron, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is well worth the walk through. We did not take the tour just visited but feel it would be worthwhile if it fits your schedule.. Ben Franklin's grave can be seen from the side of the graveyard through the fence. Don't forget to throw a penny there "A penny saved is a penny earned".

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Visited the Christ Church Cemetary. Was interesting to see some of the graves of the people that founded our country.Also interesting reading inscriptions on when they died and how old they were at the tiime.

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We were lucky enough to attend a wedding when we were here and as such learned a lit if it's history. A guided tour is essential

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

This church was the first built in Philadelphia and it has the distinction of being where some of the authors of the Declaration of Independance worshipped. It is breathtakingly simple and elegant. Very little has changed in nearly 300 years and it is a very evocative place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Took the evening tour of the church. Great information, fun facts, and just enough history to keep it interesting. I'd do it again!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Walking into the church, the same church that our forefathers worshiped and asked for guidance was breathtaking. The guide was very friendly and answered all our questions. Showed us the pews where Franklin, Washington and others sat to worship.

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Forney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Lots founding fathers attended this church as the country was being formed. There is lots of history in this place, it is an active church with Sunday services. There are guided tours daily by church members, they ask for a small donation. Its well worth the donation, along the back wall, there was a bell that was the original bell... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Christ Church was the first in Philly and has been restored to the simple beauty of it's history. One of the few churches that still has sectioned pews and numbered for tracking the historical figures that worshipped there in the 1750's. Excellent stop for historians!

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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We stumbled across this church while walking through the Old City. There was a wonderful docent Tish who gave us almost an hour of historical information. We sat in George Washington's pew (Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross also have pews with plaques). Tish explained the role that major figures such as Franklin and William Penn played in shaping Philly. I... More

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