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Abyssinian Baptist Church

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Address: 132 Odell Clark Place, Harlem, New York City, NY (Formerly 132 West 138th Street)
Phone Number: 212-862-7474
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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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One of the churches in Harlem where inspiring gospel music is an integral...

One of the churches in Harlem where inspiring gospel music is an integral part of the sermon.

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Tourist needs to follow the rules!

The visitor-line of Tourist is awful and most of them are not informed on the rules of the church. Songs were nice, its a regular church and should be handled as so.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2016
Afri_canAk
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Gais, Switzerland
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Gais, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

The visitor-line of Tourist is awful and most of them are not informed on the rules of the church. Songs were nice, its a regular church and should be handled as so.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

This is the best church to watch a service. The minister is absolutely great and you do not need to be Catholic to enjoy the gospel. One needs to make reservation and arrive early.

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Civitanova Marche
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

Two dear friends mine travelled from Italy to visit me in New York. They had an itinerary which included visiting the Abyssinian Baptist Church. Their review of the church was one of astonishment. This kind of service was new to them, as they are of catholic faith. So I went along for the Easter Sunday, 11.30 am, service. It was... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

There is no doubt this is a community church first, they are strict on what is ok! That said we were able to leave our backpack at a store around the corner for a small tip (I don't know there babe but they deserve loads of good karma). We were there 30minutes before, they are strict people, they check you... More 

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Watchet, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

Shameful. As ordained ministers in another denomination, we sought out this "Church" for worship last Sunday morning (1 Nov 2015) as it was mentioned in the guide books for this, our first visit to New York. However, I suspected something was not right when, instead of the usual "welcome" signs outside, there was a board outside demanding NO shorts, NO... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

We were there on Sunday morning in front ot the door for gospel. The guys at the door say there is no place for tourists. We were said that the church is full of the community and no place for guests. Then we went to another one two blocks furhrer. It seems so that the travel guides have to suggest... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

After my early devotional time, I woke up my family to go together to praise together to this church... Dress us up (a couple and 3 little girls)... 2 Subways to get there and we finally reached the location. We were "not welcome" by 2 members of the church letting us know that "the tourist service is at 11am" I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I can't recommend a trip here enough. It does involve arriving around an hour before the service, and then committing to a 2 hour mass, so not just a casual trip. You also have to wear smart, modest clothes as a mark of respect to the regular parishioners, but these are small inconveniences for such a unique experience. I am... More 

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Cannot believe tourists with negative comments. Many tourists come with no respect for regular churchgoers who come with passion for the Lord. Tourists come in shorts, talk during service and show little interest in the service. We were welcomed into the congregation, loved the passion of the sermon and the two hours passed like no other church service ever before.... More 

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Milan, Italy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

I am a Christian. During my stay in NYC I decided, with my family, to go to this Church for the Sunday Mass. We wanted both to meet the Abyssinian Community and to listen to their (supposed) wonderful voices. WE WERE SIMPLY NOT LET INSIDE. Our sin was to be tourists and to not be part of that Community. Now... More 

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