The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist

The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist

The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist
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This unique Victorian church has a dual role as Parish Church and National Church, and is notable for its use on Tynwald day as a Court for the Legislature.
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EESW1
Lincolnshire, UK4,734 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
In some ways there is nothing special about the appearance of the church. It’s significance lies in its function as the Royal Chapel of Tynwald Hill.

Tynwald is the oldest parliament in the world and has met on Tynwald Hill, in the centre of the island, every 5th July since the C10th.

This was traditionally the pagan feast of Midsummer and an early keill (chapel) was built here when Christianity arrived in the C6th. No-one knows when the first chapel was built and the first records are from 1557. The chapel has been rebuilt three times since then and the present building dates from the mid C19th and is a typical Victorian C13th Gothic style building. It still plays an important part in the Tynwald ceremony each year and the day’s proceedings are signed in the church,

The church is open daily and is worth visiting. The chairs for the Bishop and Lieutenant General are in the chancel along with the stalls for Members of the Legislative Council. Members of the House of Keys sit in the crossing. Don’t miss the Tynwald coat of arms on the front of the balcony and the C19th cross in the porch.

Plan to visit on a bright sunny day as the interior of the church is quite dark.
Written September 16, 2018
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Brian B
Birkenhead, United Kingdom59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
I visited on Manx National Day, Wednesday 5th. July. A short service took place for dignitaries and invited guests only, which was relayed onto a big screen. Afterwards the church was open to everyone and is well worth a visit for the beautiful interior.
Written July 12, 2017
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CrumpySeaford
Seaford, UK791 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
The main significance of St Johns is the association with adjacent Tynwald Hill and all the history that is associated with it.
Written August 10, 2017
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helgre2016
Chelmsford, UK146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
Was amazed how much history was in this small area. It was very well maintained, clean and tidy. History was oozing from every building and monument.
well worth reading up on before arrival so it means more. Loved the standing stones opposite the church.
Written May 4, 2017
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Davejb2014
Shrewsbury, UK210 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
A small place compared with other towns on the island but if your interested in history or architecture then your in the right place as the church seems to draw some considerable interest.
This being the original meeting place for the islands parliament..
Written March 20, 2016
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Melissaaye
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
Inside the church are war memorials and seats for members of Tynwald. A real cathedral-but not! A small chapel, with a fancy organ.
Written October 2, 2015
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333Dianne
Peel, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Friends
This is only a small Church but is beautiful in it's simplicity and steeped in history a must to see if visiting the Island, alongside Tynwald Hill where the oldest parliament in the world resides every year for the 5th July.
Written July 12, 2015
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ElenaNicolScorpio
Fife, UK398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
Church is beautiful, the setting is magical, the mound of the tynwald is something to behold and just in front of the church are some stones from pre-historic times. Also, in the nearby park you will find the remnants of a stone age burial.
The whole place is full of history
Written June 17, 2015
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Shirley D
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
Well worth a visit. We visited this church and the Memorial Cross the day before Remembrance Sunday. Very moving under the circumstances .
Written November 15, 2014
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Steve Buckley
London, UK6,333 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
My wife and myself are visiting the Isle of Man as part of a 38-strong Great Rail Journeys Tour Group and earlier today we visited the Chapel of St John en route from Douglas to Peel.

Whilst it was good to have the opportunity to visit such an impressive Church, the surrounding area was also well worth seeing - particularly, as this is where Parliament stages an open air sitting once a year.

As such, I would encourage any other passerby’s to stop and 20-30 minutes enjoying everything the Chapel of St John and the surrounding area has to offer.
Written September 6, 2019
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