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Address: 250 Temple St, New Haven, CT 06511-6651
Phone Number: +1 203-787-0121
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Public tour hours are 11am (tours start) to 1pm (final tour ends) on...

Public tour hours are 11am (tours start) to 1pm (final tour ends) on Saturdays, from April to the end of October.

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Until the end of October, you can get free church and crypt tours on Saturdays. When I went to Yale, I never checked it for some reason, but I did last weekend when I was visting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 20, 2015
brittany z z
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Amherst, Massachusetts
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Inverness, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Center Church is one of the first meeting houses/ houses of worship on the Green (square). The exterior is slated for restoration work, starting with the steeple, but the interior is a perfect example of sparse eloquence and quiet contemplation. Besides viewing the elegant architecture, there is a fascinating crypt tour you can take below the structure where some of... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

We were walking around the green and accidentally found this. What a treat. The 20 minute free tour gave a brief history of the church and the crypt. The guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable. The crypt is fascinating. With head stones from as early as the 1600's. Discussion included the time period as well as preservation techniques for the headstones.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

Until the end of October, you can get free church and crypt tours on Saturdays. When I went to Yale, I never checked it for some reason, but I did last weekend when I was visting. The church is on the green, which you all know has questionable people all around. Once you get through the riff raff, the church... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Impressive, beautiful, amazing with a few suprisise is my best description of his slice of history! The downside is all of the bums, homeless and thugs in this area ruin the aura around this splendid place!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

It is lovely but it is spoiled by bering on the New Haven Green which has turned into a place where the homeless collect day and night with no police presence. Public urination problem plus panhandling.. Sad as the whole center of New Haven has been allowed to be ruined as it was once not that long ago a lovely... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Center Church is the home of one the oldest continuing congregations in the country, needleless to say there is a lot of history. The Church itself is from 1812 in the middle of the New Haven Green. The church is beautiful with its columns and brick façade. The Steeple can be seen from East Rock. The interior was beautifully designed... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I stayed an extra day in new haven to see this church and crypt. Their website says they give tours on Thursdays from 10-1. I went there accordingly, and it was all locked up. When I called, the lady on the other end got short with me and treated me like a nuisance.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This church has tours of its crypt occasionally (on Saturdays) Well worth it. I lived in New Haven for YEARS before I finally got down there, and was very glad I did. New Haven is teeming with history, and a lot of it is right down there.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This little-known attraction is rarely open, so check the hours. The crypt contains the old New Haven cemetery with some interesting occupants and lovely gravestones carved with interesting decorations. Some gravestones are from the late 1600's. The stained glass in the church is also lovely and shows the founding of New Haven.

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St. Clair, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Be careful, because they only open the crypt on a couple days / week and its for a short time. A couple church volunteers guide the guests, and the two that greeted us were great people. Lots of interesting information, very nice. The crypt was incredible...very interesting, and the volunteer told us all sorts of stuff about it. There's a... More 

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