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Trinity Church
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Owner description: Worship Service Times at Trinity Church Sundays at 9am: Holy Eucharist Sundays at 11:15am: Holy Eucharist Weekdays at 12:05: Holy Eucharist Find a full schedule of worship services here. About Trinity Church Trinity Church, located at Broadway and Wall Street, is an active Episcopal church with a deep history. In 1697, a little over 70 years after the Dutch settled New York as a trading post known as New Amsterdam, Trinity Church was granted a charter by King William III of England. Since then, Trinity has been an integral part of New York City. Today, Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel (just a few blocks north) are the cornerstones of Trinity Church Wall Street, a growing and vibrant Episcopal community. Worship services are offered in Trinity Church throughout the week, including morning and evening prayer and a noonday Eucharist every weekday. On Sunday, the Trinity community gathers for Holy Eucharist at 9am and 11:15am, which is webcast live. All are invited to attend. Music by Trinity’s renowned choir is integrated into many of the services and free concerts are held throughout the fall and spring. Find a calendar of worship services, concerts, and other events here. The steeple’s 12 change-ringing bells are the only set in the United States; they rotate a full 360 degrees, producing a shimmering, cascading sound in a complex combination of changing tonal patterns. They can be heard on Sundays and special occasions. The present building is the third on the site, consecrated in 1846 and designed by British-born architect Richard Upjohn in the 19th century Gothic Revival style. The first church was lost in New York’s Great Fire of 1776 and the second was demolished in 1839, at Upjohn’s suggestion, after heavy snowfall revealed structural problems. The current building is a registered National Historic Landmark. Visitors to the church can view the decorative bronze doors at the Broadway entrance; see some of the oldest stained glass in the United States; or stop for a moment to pray in the nave or All Saint’s Chapel, located in the northwest corner of the church. Trinity’s churchyard is also open to visitors who wish to see the gravesite of Alexander Hamilton and other historical memorials and monuments, or enjoy a moment of quiet in the midst of busy Lower Manhattan. Free guided tours are offered Monday-Friday at 2pm and Sundays after the 11:15am service. Trinity’s Tour app also provides a virtual guide through Trinity and St. Paul’s Chapel. Free Visitors Guides in five languages are also available in the Church Gift Shop. Visit Trinity Church Open daily 8am – 6pm Worship M-F at 8:15am, 12:05pm, 5:15pm; Sun at 9am, 11:15am Tours M-F at 2pm; Sun after the 11:15am service Trinity Churchyard Daily 8am – Sunset
Reviewed July 20, 2013

The church has some type of construction work going on so you enter the church from the rear. Getting to the rear of the church causes you to walk on top of family vaults. I didn't like that. Some scummy looking losers protesting something were sprawled in front of the church.

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Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

I absolutely love this church. There is so much history here, it is just amazing. You walk off the busy, loud streets of New York into this tranquil sanctuary, it is as though you have stepped into a whole different city. I could stay there for hours.

Thank Crystal H
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Trinity Church is one of the oldest churches in the US and is located in the center of the Financial District in New York City (the front door is about 30 from from Wall Street). The church stands out from its neighbors as it is surrounded by huge office buildings in lower Manhattan. Trinity Church is located at the intersection of Broadway and Wall Street and is very near the New York Stock Exchange. Trinity Church is an active working church but is overrun by tourists when there are no worship services going on. The church dates back to the 17th century and boasts some famous worshipers, including George Washington, right after his Presidential Inauguration.

While the church is beautiful I spent most of my time there visiting the graveyard on its north and south sides. The headstones are so old that many of them are indecipherable. The cemetery was very interesting as the graves were extremely old and there are several famous people buried here (including Alexander Hamilton, Robert Fulton and Albert Gallatin). Alexander Hamilton is probably the most famous as he was George Washington’s first Secretary of the Treasury and was killed in a famous duel with ex-Vice President Aaron Burr. If you look at the front of a US $10 bill you can see what he looks like. Robert Fulton was a famous engineer and invented the steamship. I really enjoyed walking through the cemetery looking at all the old graves.

This church was featured in the movie National Treasure and Nicholas Cage found the treasure directly beneath the church. The clue that leads him there was found on the back of the Declaration of Independence and read “Heere at the Wall”. Wall refers to Wall Street and Heere refers to Broadway (as Broadway used to be called DeHeere”). Trinity Church is literally on the corner of Broadway and Wall Street.

Overall I enjoyed my visit at the Church and recommend it. It is a must see attraction if you are on a walking tour of lower Manhattan. It is pretty crowded but what else would you expect from a New York City attraction. There is also a free restroom that was pretty popular.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

Trinity Church is worth the stop. Go inside and take a seat in a pew. Check out the architecture and stained glass. The bronze doors are also cool to see.

Thank Rheinjack
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Another beautiful NYC church built by master builders with beautiful stained glass windows.

We also looked around the cemetery outside and saw Alexander Hamilton's pyramid shaped headstone next to the fence.

Thank CruiseDirectorAmy
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