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Abyssinian Baptist Church

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Address: 132 Odell Clark Pl, New York City, NY 10030-2303 (Formerly 132 West 138th Street)
Phone Number: 212-862-7474
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

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 bubblesReviewed May 29, 2016
Gais, Switzerland
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whitley bay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building, the music, the singing and the sermon were all wonderful. The choir, the pastor and the Guest Preacher were inspirational. It was also lovely to witness the blessing of two babies on the occasion we were there. It was a shame, however, that the members of the church who were on crowd-control outside were so very rude. One... More 

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Cherrybrook NSW Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We tried to go to an 11:30am service on Sunday 21st August. Even though it was a sweltering day we forgo our usual shorts & sandals and tried to dress appropriately. When we arrived there was a small group of obvious tourists (like us) and a very loud rude lady repeating "no visitors", "no visitors" outside the Church. She mentioned... More 

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Gais, Switzerland
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

2 Thank mariakachan
Civitanova Marche
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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