St. Paul's Chapel New York Reviews
Worth checking out as part of seeing 9/11 sites Dec 29, 2016
Located across from the World Trade Center area, St. Paul’s Chapel has quite a history of its own. There are 2 entrances on each side, but it does not matter which one you enter into.
Opened in 1766, this was the church that George Washington attended services, after became the 1st President of the US. And more recently, after the September 11 attacks in 2001, this was where relief workers would come to get some ministry, and even rest on the pews. Even though the Twin Towers collapsed, the church suffered no damage at all, which is a miracle.
The church is free to enter. Inside, there is a display that tells the history of the church. And the different seals around the church, plus the “Glory” altarpiece that is on display in the altar area. This part is okay is to see. There is a cemetery, but I don’t know of anyone who was buried here. Not really worth seeing it.
But the highlight is the 9/11 Chapel of Remembrance, where it is a little memorial to the people who lost their lives on that day. Plus to the recovery workers, as well as firefighters and police officers, among others. There is a pew on display, that has been preserved, where recovery workers have slept on. The scratch marks from the equipment that they have worn, can still be seen. This is definitely worth a look.
As a result, I think St. Paul’s Chapel is a place that does add to your visit to the September 11 sites, and worth visiting. Being small, it can be seen really quickly, and a very short walking distance from the 9/11 sites.
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A Church at Ground Zero Feb 15, 2010
At Ground Zero in New York City, there is a church that is often overlooked by visitors. Since 1766, St. Paul's Chapel has served as the oldest, continuously used public building in Manhattan.
Modeled after London's St. Martin's in the Fields, St. Paul's has experienced a lot of history. The first U.S. President, George Washington, worshipped here on his inauguration day in 1789.
More recently, St. Paul's witnessed the horrific events of September 11, 2001. Although the church is directly across the street from Ground Zero, amazingly, the church was spared. Pictures in the church show photos of the graveyard covered in dust, ash and debris, but the building itself was undamaged.
Immediately following 9/11, the church served as a haven for workers at the World Trade Center site. For eight months, relief workers used St. Paul's as a vital refuge.
The displays inside the church are tasteful and moving. A large banner from the people of Oklahoma greets visitors and there are several 9/11 exhibits.
Outside the church, the Bell of Hope, which was presented by the City of London, sits in the graveyard. Incredibly, this bell was made by the same foundry that produced the Liberty Bell and Big Ben. The bell is rung yearly on 9/11 and when a major tragedy occurs.
Looking across the street at Ground Zero, visitors can see that rebuilding has begun. Some steel beams are now in place and concrete has been poured for the memorial park.
St. Paul's is a church that has seen both great promise and great tragedy. A stop at Ground Zero should include a visit at St. Paul's.
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