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Trinity Church is a beautiful, old and unique church in Boston. Located in the Back Bay across the street from the Copley Public Library (another great place to visit) and right next to the modern skyscraper, the John Hancock buiding.
I highly recommend taking one of the 90 minute guided tours of the church and visiting. The stained glass windows, the architecture, as well as learing about the history of the church are all wonderful.
Founded before the American Revolution., Trinity is an Episcopal Church within the Anglican Communion (Church of England), with approximately 3,700 member households.
Trinity Church was constructed in 1877, and at the time was considered a very unique and different style of American architecture. It's style was termed, "Richardsonian Romanesque" after its designer.
Stroll through the this impressive district, Boston's wealthiest and most dynamic neighbourhood. Layed out in the 1850s as a grid (the only area of Boston so highly organised), the area grew to accomodate wealthy townhouses and academic institutions. Later, homes on Newbury Street were converted into the chic expensive boutiques there today and those on Boylston Street gave way to become a skyscraping commercial district, focused around bustling Copley Square. In fact, the city's two tallest buildings are in the Back Bay and not downtown. Copley Square features H.H. Richardson's masterpiece Trinity Church and the beautiful Boston Public Library. The square itself is quite beautiful. Newbury Street is the city's finest shopping, and parts of it still retain a bohemian flavour, while others are more stale rows of Italian designer shops. Commonwealth Avenue, the city's most elegant street, is lined with exquisite homes and has a beautiful tree-shaded mall in its centre.
Back Bay/Newbury Street
This area of Boston was all water and swamp 150 years ago but was filled in and by the late 1870's it was a new development. The streets here are wider and straighter than downtown in the older sections. Lots of turn of the 20th century mansions which, on Newbury Street are turned into shops and cafes. Newbury street has exclusive boutiques at one end growing increasingly funkier as you go along. Each street that crosses starts with a letter of the alphabet in sequence and the day I was there, someone was attaching bright balloons to each corner with that letter on it.
Walk along Commonwealth Avenue...
Walk along Commonwealth Avenue Mall
Beautiful Victorian style houses and large American and English elm trees. A very peaceful place.
See my Travelogue for lots of photos of the mall and the Victorian buildings.
This area is centered around Commonwealth Boulevard and goes southwest from Boston Common. It is the most desirable address in Boston.
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