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Old North Church

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Address: 193 Salem St., Boston, MA 02113
Phone Number: 16175236676
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The signal from the steeple of Boston's oldest church triggered the War for...

The signal from the steeple of Boston's oldest church triggered the War for Independence that led to the birth of America. On that fateful night in 1775, the two lanterns in the steeple told Paul Revere that the British were approaching by boat, not on foot.

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You can see the exterior of the church for free and they only ask for a small donation to see the interior. It was interesting to see the boxed pews and the names of the families... read more

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can see the exterior of the church for free and they only ask for a small donation to see the interior. It was interesting to see the boxed pews and the names of the families that sat there hundreds of years ago. This was the church of the original ruling class in early Boston.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is so much to learn when you walk through these churches. They have signs all along the walls telling you about Longfellow and Paul Revere and others. The congregation sat in box seats - another interesting thing to see as there weren't any pews. It's a great education and history lesson.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed the church small size and boxes for the congregation. It's part of our history and should be seen.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is such a beautiful church. We came on our tour during the day and somehow made it back in the evening and it was more beautiful then I could have imagined at night. The area is very hopping until you get into the court yard of the church and then it is very peaceful and relaxing. I loved just... More 

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Sherbrooke, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The church is a must-stop in the area. The presentation was very useful to fully appreciate the surroundings. So make sure to sit through it

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irvine, california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was my third time walking the Freedom Trail, and I love ending at the Old North Church. It is fascinating, with the family "boxes" and quaint style. Recommend!

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Freehold, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was so glad that this was not just another tourist trap. This church where American History was made has been preserved and maintained beautifully. I was surprised that it remains an active Episcopal church today. The knowledgeable and friendly staff gave a great tour of the church which was informative and entertaining. I would recommend this to all who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a terrific classical piece of Boston (US history) where the men of Massachusetts came to discuss the precursor to the Boston Tea Party. It was here we found an ancestor- a 4 times removed from me - grandfather who had been one of the participants. Our international family came to Boston from around the world to reunite around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a fun church to visit! We inadvertently arrived as a presentation was given about the history so that was a big bonus. Loved the "pew boxes" that are still intact. And very cool the church is still being used to this day.

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McAllen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Most of the interior is painted white. Recently, the church started pulling off some of the recent layers of paint and have found at least one angel below. I understand that the church is starting to look at restoring much of the interior to an earlier period in time. It will be exciting to see what continues to arise.

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North End
Wandering around Boston’s North End can feel like being transported to Europe. Stroll down Hanover and Salem streets for the finest Italian restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and a few boutique shops. Take part in the big debate as to whether Modern Pastry or Mike’s serves a better cannoli. Before your food coma sets in, make sure to stop by historic Paul Revere’s home, and follow the Freedom Trail to Old North Church and Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Take a rest in a cafe on Hanover street and observe the quirky, European character of the North End.