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Address: 645 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116-2804
Phone Number: 617-536-1970
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An architectural marvel and a shrine to a homeless man

Just off Copley Square, it seizes the eye and won't let go, Astunning blend of Venice and gothic styles. Inside, it's simple, unadorned and calming. A moving moment is the Michael... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just off Copley Square, it seizes the eye and won't let go, Astunning blend of Venice and gothic styles. Inside, it's simple, unadorned and calming. A moving moment is the Michael quilt just before you enter the nave. Michael is a homeless man who died last winter in front of the church, bundled Ina sheet and blanket. The sheet was... More 

Thank donhogsett
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 305 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a place to look at the architectural wonder of the old south church. It's near Trinity Church and Boston Library right across from Copley Square.

Thank joanadventure
Princeville, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

This historic church is a must see in Boston. My organization held services here and it was a great experience.

Thank Carl L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Lovely church in the heart of Boston. Beautiful wooden pews and great atmosphere. Open to all sexual orientations and free to enter as a tourist.

Thank Luis P
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

This place was amazing. I am a huge architecture fan and this church was overwhelming in its beauty. Totally worth the visit. It was open during the day. The only drawback is that they wont let you use their bathrooms. Still, GO!!

Thank jasonross1234
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

Lovely church - particularly if you want to sit and reflect (unlike others on the square that seem to have become more of a tourist attraction.) Appreciated the range of signs outside the church - shows it is of this time and not stuck in the past in its thinking.

Thank linbinpin
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

I didn't get to go inside this place, but I think it would have been nice. I was at and inside the Old North Church. It's near Trinity Church and Boston Library right across from Copley Square. Not much action in the area, but it's all historic sites and worth seeing along with the rest.

Thank James A
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Gorgeous historic church located off Copley Square. I loved the masonry and timber work, if you are in the Copley area or dining on Newbury street definitely stroll around the corner for a look.

Thank Esteb Steve
Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

We walked to this historic church. It had a feeling of history. We walked in and it was beautiful inside

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

The church is gorgeous and is a nice contrast to sky scrapers and modern stores around Boston. For those faithful ones, it is a quiet peaceful place to pray. Welcoming.The area is great to walk around and take pictures of downtown.

Thank Danuza

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Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.