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“Beautifully set”
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 1,098 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.
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“Beautifully set”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

This should be tied into a day spent around the WTC area and you will be awed by the beauty of this gem in the middle of such modernised buildings.

Visited June 2014
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“Like most of Manhatten..rich in history”
Reviewed June 3, 2014

One of new Yorks oldest public building, might be oldest, this place is a great 20 minute walk thru situated right in front of the freedom tower , and 9/11 memorial. I think, if you are in the area, it's a great walk in. NO CHARGE. George Washington had mass when inaugurated as first president..in NYC. Also, there are amazing pictures and items from 9/11 that will leave you in awe. Outside cemetery from over 200 years ago is neat as well. Enjoy it.

Visited May 2014
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Vienna, Virginia
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“A piece of history especially after 9.11”
Reviewed May 19, 2014

We got the tour of this chapel while doing the 9/11 tour. I didn't know that it was a tempoary means of shelter for the search crew on 9.11. 2001 We got to see the history of the building, artwork, and what the search crew did during those agonizing days. It was a lot to swallow during they entire experience. Truly a lot of emotion and visual stimuli to absorb. I suggest you read up on the history of this amazing chapel so you truly appreciate it.

Visited May 2014
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Tampa, Florida
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“It truly is the spiritual home of Ground Zero”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

It's a must see if you happen to be in the area visiting the 9/11 Memorial. There's quite a bit of history here. It is the only Colonial-era church in Manhattan, and happens to be the church that George Washington attended on the day he took the oath of office.

It is also the church that provided relief to the rescue workers who aided in the recovery effort. The fence that surrounds the church was the one we saw on TV that was plastered with pictures, flowers, and memorials of loved ones. It's difficult not to be moved by all of this. It's a miracle that there was no damage to the structure with its close proximity to the WTC. It's now known as "the little chapel that stood" because it survived 2 major disasters. It survived New York's Great Fire of 1776 during the Battle of Long Island, as well as the collapse of the twin towers. Do take the time to read the poem by J. Chester Johnson about the chapel that stood when nothing else could. You'll find it mixed in with the guides about St. Paul's Chapel. It a lovely poem that puts everything into perspective.

You will also find the Bell of Hope that hangs above the brass footprint of the WTC towers, as well as a beautiful view of the Freedom Tower from the church courtyard. Don't miss this experience. It's only a few blocks away from the memorial. It's a great spot to relax, pay your respects, or take in everything you've learned about that fateful day.

Visited May 2014
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“An Oasis opposite WTC”
Reviewed May 9, 2014

its a must see. It was used by rescuers after the tradegy of the twin towers. Lots of memorabilia on display. Very emotional visit. Do not miss it

Visited April 2014
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