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Aug 15, 2018
“So glad to see it from afar”
Mar 18, 2018
“Beautiful Mass in Historic Roman Catholic Church”
A colonial-style church that deliberately took on an unassuming look in order to avoid attracting anti-Catholic sentiments.
321 Willings Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3897
City Center East
+1 215-923-1733
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

The church gate was closed on a midweek day, so we admired the church from afar. Old St. Joseph Church is the oldest Catholic church in Philadelphia and was established in 1733. A sign outside the church provides this information. It is an active parish...More

Thank jer b
Reviewed March 18, 2018

As others have noted. Old St. Joseph's Church is the oldest Catholic Church in Philadelphia (only one signer of the declaration, Stephen Carroll, was Catholic). The church is close by many other revolution-era sites, although it is a little younger. The church itself is not...More

Thank ElaineAndGreg
Reviewed October 2, 2017

My daughter got married at the church in early September. This is an amazing institution with an ideal location. The beauty and architecture of the church played a big role in the success of the day. One of the nicest churches in Philadelphia.

Thank toddayo
Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

Attended a wedding here August 2017. Amazing location close to Independence Hall. Some information about the church, including a copy of a letter from George Washington, is posted on the back wall. Charming, modest, church with rich historical significance for Philadelphia.

Thank pjmdvm
Reviewed January 30, 2017

This is a beautiful small church in the middle of the historic part of the city. It is the first catholic church in Philadelphia. Mass is celebrated there with many convenient times on the weekend. It is small but you definitely feel like you are...More

Thank Patricia C
Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful must-see church for everyone and especially Catholics interested in seeing such an important piece of history first hand! Loved it.

Thank HStuart224
Reviewed April 25, 2016

at the heart of a historic district, it one of the oldest church in the US which is still in operation. Very well maintained, it is typical of the jesuit style.

Thank stism
Reviewed March 5, 2016

This colonial church, like most churches from that era, is very simplistic in design. This one, however, has a mural on the ceiling, a large organ, and a fine painting behind the altar. The stained glass is also quite nice. There are multiple entrances, and...More

Thank MrSaturn64
Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

Not as ostentatious as a cathedral or basilica but an example of a small place of worship that has been well maintained. Enter on the alley sign despite what the signage tell you to do.

Thank Jerry_Bagnell
Reviewed October 15, 2015

Come see how the pastor of this colonial church helped establish the founding principle of Religious Freedom for America. I did not realize the historic significance of this church. The docent guides in the church were a wealth of knowledge and passionate about the history...More

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