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Review of St. Paul's Chapel

St. Paul's Chapel
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World Trade Center 911 and Ground Zero Walking Tour
Ranked #41 of 1,099 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The chapel is closed for restoration until work is completed in the fall. The churchyard will remain open. St. Paul's Chapel is part of Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal parish that has been a part of New York City since 1697. The parish is deeply rooted in the city’s and the nation’s history. Established during the British occupation of New York and recognized by royal charter, Trinity was the first Anglican Church (which followed the services of the Church of England and included the King or Queen in its prayers) in Manhattan. St. Paul's Chapel was founded in 1766 as a chapel-of-ease at Broadway and Fulton Street. George Washington prayed there after his inauguration as President in 1789. Located just across the street from the World Trade Center, St. Paul’s played an important role in hosting recovery workers after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Darlington, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Lovely chapel. We went inside but could not get any pictures since they were having services when we were there.

Visited July 2013
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Halifax, Canada
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“Touching experience”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

What a wonderful shrine to all who lost their lives Sept. 11. You felt you were in a sacred place. Hard to believe how close the chapel was to the destruction, yet was virtually undamaged. Everyone who visits NYC, should visit this moving site.

Visited May 2013
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Eagle, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Hallowed ground”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

I'm not Catholic, but I couldn't help but feel the amazing spirit of this little Chapel- a shrine really- with its truly amazing story. It essentially escaped the carnage of 9/11 unscathed, and then became a sanctuary for the body and soul of those laboring to rescue those people trapped in the World Trade Center after their collapse. This place is a MUST SEE for anyone going to pay homage to those who lost their life on that fateful day, especially the FDNY and NYPD who sacrificed themselves to save their fellow man. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:13"

Visited June 2013
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“What a church should be--and has been since colonial times”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

St. Paul's chapel, where George Washington prayed on the day of his inauguration, has history to spare, but its universal acceptance and caring directed to the first responders after the tragedy of September 11th stands as a beacon of hope to the world. The documentation of the events following the attack in which New Yorkers showed generosity and compassion to one another is beautiful and moving and proves that the best way to maintain a historic church is to use it.

Visited July 2013
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“Under construction sadly”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Unfortunately not very appealing for a visit with 1.75million dollars withr of renovations taking pace currently. But I am sure that those that adventure inside will enjoy. Just not much street appeal right now.

Visited July 2013
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