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Address: 193 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113-1123
Phone Number: +1 617-523-6676
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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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Enjoyable tour of a historic church

While you can just wander in and check out this church, it is worth it to pay for the guided tour. I think it was about $6 each. They take you up into the bell ringing area and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Villa Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

While you can just wander in and check out this church, it is worth it to pay for the guided tour. I think it was about $6 each. They take you up into the bell ringing area and also down to the crypt below the church. Warning: the stairs going up are very narrow and steep. Also, the crypt is... More 

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Scott Depot, West Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting History. Church is well kept. it's several blocks from the "T" so if you aren't use to walking, may want to use a cab or Uber.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I suggest everyone take the behind the scenes tour. The tour guide was great very knowledgeable. The guide takes you up to see where they ring the bells and down to the crypts. One of the best things I saw in Boston

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a nice stop. You got to sit and rest while listening to a very informative talk. The church is beautiful.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cool old church. Best part was right behind the church is a memorial for fallen soldiers. Their metal tags hang close together and make a beautiful chiming sound. A reverent and peaceful visit.

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Patchogue, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been several times including with a group of 13-14 year olds and it's really a must see because of the history and how beautiful the church still is. This time we had a nice walk from Boston Common on Thanksgiving and although the church was closed, we enjoyed walking through the North End and especially visiting the Mall near... More 

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live in Massachusetts and have been in the North End, but never paid any attention to this church. Our loss. It was a highlight of our tour. There's a bust of George Washington that Lafayette said looked the most like his good friend. (it doesn't look anything like the other images you have seen) Lots of history tucked into... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went into the church while we were doing the freedom trail .. The church is very interesting in that it has family boxes / pews tied in to the history of Boston and its prominent families and featured heavily in the one/ two lanterns saga .. It is also free but a donation is recommended .. Their are guides... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The historical significance of the Old North Church cannot be overlooked as you enter this still "active church. As I walked through the aisles, I can picture the "private" pews occupied by the named colonists and their families sitting and listening to the sermon. It is easy to get lost in time imagining what was happening inside the church before... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The window and its story about being hidden which proved that the whole legend of one if by land two if by sea was a true story. Booths in the church were puzzling but everything was well explained. Didn't need a guided tour. Allow an hour to enjoy this one!

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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.
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