St. Paul's Chapel

St. Paul's Chapel, New York City

St. Paul's Chapel
4.5
Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Founded in 1766, St. Paul's Chapel is part of the Trinity Wall Street parish. George Washington prayed here after his inauguration as President in 1789. It is open to visitors daily and worship services are held in the chapel every Sunday. The chapel regularly hosts community events, concerts, and art exhibitions. The churchyard is open to visitors who wish to visit the historic memorials and monuments or enjoy a moment of quiet. Free guided tours are offered Fridays at 3pm. Meet at the pulpit inside St. Paul’s Chapel. Beginning Sunday May 13, the 8 am, 9:15 am, 11:15 am, and 8 pm Compline services will take place at St. Paul’s Chapel.
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Neighborhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Fulton St • 2 min walk
  • Fulton St • 3 min walk
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL15,275 contributions
Mar 2019
As a fellow Episcopalian, I had to visit. It is an amazing historic church built about the same time as our country. It has the old Greek Revival interior with a stone exterior similar to the slate of tombstones that surround the church grounds. While it was surrounded by beautiful trees, the building spends most of its day in shade from the shadows of the surrounding buildings. It is perfect for pictures and to understand the life of building and the institution that has seen so much happen around it. For me this is as good as its more famous and popular sister church, Trinity.
Written January 14, 2020
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Lester Ojeda
San Juan, Puerto Rico481 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Oddly enough, St. Paul’s Chapel is usually overlooked because of it’s modest exterior. Make no mistake, this church is a cornerstone of the Anglican Communion in NYC, the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan (built in 1766) and significantly served as a beacon of faith and hope during 9/11, earning its nickname. There are many links between the founding fathers of the United States and St. Paul’s, a testament of which is one of the earliest depictions of the national seal. When the USA was founded, a heated debate between Franklin and Congress around the national bird took place. Franklin and his supporters envisioned the wild turkey as the US national bird, whereas others (who eventually won) favored the bald eagle.

You will see a rare version of the seal with a turkey-like eagle in this chapel.
Written February 23, 2020
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misopiso88
Seattle, WA27,567 contributions
Apr 2021
What a beautiful chapel! We were walking around Lower Manhattan and stumbled on it near The Oculus. Highly recommend!
Written April 25, 2021
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Cathi D
Atlanta, GA12 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
We went to visit the ground zero site and the new Tower One. We weren't even aware of St. Paul's Chapel directly across from ground zero. We just happened to see this beautiful old stone chapel as we were standing taking pictures. There is a stunning old graveyard from the colonial period. I believe the chapel is the oldest standing building in Manhattan and was where George Washington went to pray at his inauguration. It is also the site where all the fence was covered with flowers and mementos after 9/11. It became a sanctuary for all the workers and mourners. Once inside there is a very peaceful labyrinth that you can walk to meditate and pray. There are also several areas created for all the different events that occurred during this tragedy. George Washington's pew sits within the church and was used to soothe the feet of tired workers during 9/11. If you're in the vicinity of ground zero, this is a very worthwhile place to visit. Very peaceful and moving.
Written October 29, 2012
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
The little church that stood and survived the carnage of the 9/11 attack.
After visiting the World Trade Center, we walked by and stopped inside this church. It is a small but strikingly beautiful centuries old church. A small chapel to the side is dedicated to the fallen rescue workers that died during 9/11.

So sad to look at the pictures of the young faces and hard to believe it happened more than 15 years ago. But it is mostly the astounding fact, that the church survived the 9/11 destruction without any damage to it's windows or it's structure. Some call it miraculous .

This time we brought with us our young relatives visiting from England. They are too young to remember 9/11 and we spent a day touring the important sites in the WTC area with them. They also liked the large brass bell prominently displayed in front of the church. The gift from London in solidarity with the City of New York.

If you are visiting the World Trade Center make it a point to find this little church, walk through the small ancient graveyard to the front entrance. The inside was quite peaceful, just very few people that afternoon.
Written July 16, 2017
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RichS
Boston250 contributions
Jun 2011
Many people know this site as the church across from the Twin Towers that not only remained standing but wasn't even damaged, but this house of worship also has a remarkable history to it. Did you know that it is the oldest standing house of worship in Manhattan? That George Washington actually attended mass there? That the front of the church has a cemetery, which honors those French soldiers who gave their life to the revoluntary way? That in a very errie coincidence this structure remained standing during the revoluntary war when a suspicious fire burnt down about two-thirds of the city? I guess somebody upstairs must be watching over this church!

What attracts people from all across the world to this chapel is the story of 9/11. This was also the site where many rescue/recovery workers fround a place for physical and spiritual comfort. Inside the church there are many reminders of that day from letter's of family victims, accounts of heroic behavior and inspirational and heartwarming cards sent to the church from school children throughout the country.

The WTC temporary museum is a few doors from the chapel. Admission to St. Paul's is free, but why not light a candle and make a donation in the memory of the workers, victims and their families.
Written July 1, 2011
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Traveller & Foodie
Montreal, Canada3,341 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
St-Paul’s Chapel is actually right behind where the Twin Towers stood before 9/11. It is quite impressive how apparently this church stood its ground and wasn’t damaged at all during the attacks and the falling buildings. Apparently on September 12th, the day after the attacks the priest went to visit the church and was quite surprised to see there was no damage except all the debris from the buildings. It is a Miracle so it’s worth a special trip as it feels like a great place to be and reflect on those moments. When we visited the church there was a mass about to start, the church was staring to fill up.
Written October 18, 2018
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
In the midst of all the destruction on 9/11 the nearby St. Paul's Chapel was not damaged. Not even the glass in the windows.

By now, everybody knows about the rescue workers taking refuge there. It was in the news for months.
Visiting the church brings back the memories of that fateful day.

There is much history preserved here - new and old ...
The triumph of good over evil....
It makes you wonder...
Written February 6, 2017
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Christos
Thessaloniki, Greece4,899 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
A small nice church so close to world trade center that you could visit and pray for the innocents victims of 9/11.
Written January 22, 2019
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BWoo84
Burleson, TX102 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
I have made a point to visit this church as often as possible ever since visiting for the first time in 2005. It has been years since I've seen it and when I walked into the church I was taken back just a little bit. The banners of support that were hung up on the ceiling were gone it just looked like a historical church people can walk through. The graveyard is historical and neat to browse through. There is a lot of history behind this church however, I feel like a big part of that church's more recent history has been washed away. I am thankful I was able to see it the other way- it really puts things into perspective. The handmade decorations around the church years ago symbolized togetherness, love, respect, & compassion. I feel like now the event has been turned into a museum exhibit and all the real stuff was made over. I am sure the reason behind it was justified I just cannot understand it.

I will not go back to this church- I've seen all I need to see
Written February 2, 2017
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