Trinity Church, New York City
Trinity Church on Wall street marks the spot...I particularly like the 'Prince Philip stood nearby' comment! :-)
Seriously, this church is well worth seeking out. It's old (in USA terms), with the first church on the spot built in the late 1600s. The present building isn't so old...it's the third version of the church, consecrated in 1846.
I especially liked the church because it reminded me so much of the 'classic' English church interior: lots of dark wooden vaulting ribs, dark wooden pews, dim light, stained glass windows. The bronze doors are impressive, as is the magnificent inverted tree sculpture outside the church.
I didn't have time to wander the adjoining graveyard, but it contains some very early graves...worth an exploration if you have time.
Trinity Church is on Wall St, just south of Liberty Street.
This is actually the third such named church in New York's Past. The original was built in 1697 and had been replaced twice since. The beautiful bell tower,neo-Gothic in design, was the tallest building in New York for the first fifty years of its existance. For the fact that it comes across as a English country church, the building seems quite out of place amongst all the nearby skyscrapers. I entered the church grounds by way of Trinity Place and the graveyard. Here you can find the tombstones of such historical noteables as Alexander Hamilton and Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat. To be honest the interior is rather ordinary as far as North American neo-Gothic churches go.
The Trinity Church is located at 1 Trinity Place at the Western end of Wall Street.
Trinity church was featured in the movie National Treasure. It is a landmark church, it is also where Alexander Hamilton is buried. The pyramid is representative of mason symbology. The church is a block away from Wall Street. Take the 6 train downtown and get off at wall street. Cant miss it.
Only a stone's throw away from Wall Street and NYSE, Trinity Church is the best place to find salvation when coming out of the evil stock market. Forget about buys and sells, bulls and bears. Sit by the graveyard next to the Trinity Church, one will soon realize nothing else matters.
Trinity Church is one of the oldest churches in the United States. The city of New York was just beginning to flourish in 1697 when Trinity Church received its founding charter. This charter was issued in the name of King William III in response to the Anglican colonists' eagerness to build a church to call their own.
The original Trinity Church finished construction in 1698 and appeared modest in design. Unfortunately, this first church was destroyed in 1776 by a massive fire stemming from an American Revolution battle.
The church was built anew in 1790, but like its predecessor, it did not stay standing long. Heavy snows from the harsh winters of 1838-1839 weakened the church's structure and it was inevitably torn down.
The third and present building of Trinity Church was completed and consecrated in 1846 and marked the beginning of the best period of Gothic Revival architecture in America. The architect of the third design was Richard Upjohn, who designed the Church in a Neo-Gothic fashion complete with sandstone and stained-glass windows, two features previously unheard of at the time. Upjohn's design reflected a "High Church" fashion with holy images that appeared glamorous to the eye. The contemporary Protestant "Low Church" people disapproved of this style because they were used to simple designs in churches - Upjohn's design seemed all too flashy. To pacify their sentiment, Upjohn left the designs along the two main side walls simple and very basic in appearance.
At the time the Church was built, its 281 foot spire and cross stood as the highest point in New York City.
Many prominent early New Yorkers were members of the Trinity parish. Statesman Alexander Hamilton; steamboat inventor Richard Fulton; and William Bradford, founder of New York's first newspaper in 1725, are among those buried in the Trinity Graveyard.
address : Broadway at Wall St
4, 5 to Wall St or R to Rector St
7am-6pm Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm Sat, 7am-4pm Sun
services : 9am, 11:15am Sun
tours : 2pm, daily
On the way to Battery Park, you'll definately pass the Old Church. Check the place out. you can even take a break there if you fell exausted. Worth seeing.