Wednesday, December 18, 2013
It is a must-visit for anyone who wants to pay their respects to the victims of 9/11.
Built of Manhattan mica-schist with brownstone quoins, St. Paul's has the classical portico, boxy proportions and domestic details that are characteristic of Georgian churches such as James Gibbs' London church of St Martin-in-the-Fields, after which it was modelled. Its octagonal tower rises from a square base and is topped by a replica of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates (c. 335 BC). Inside, the chapel's simple elegant hall has the pale colors, flat ceiling and cut glass chandeliers reminiscent of contemporary domestic interiors.
Rev: "When visiting Ground Zero you must take in this little gem!! You get a real sense of what occurred and it's not tacky or over dramatized. Quite emotional."
Rev: "This little church, no more than 400 metres to the world trade centre when 9/11 tragedy made a BIG contribution to many survivors, first responders, rescuers and all the other good people who went to give aid on that fateful day. The church staff and all the other volunteer organisations i.e. Salvation army and many more volunteer groups did a wonderful job looking after all rescue teams from all over the USA and fed, watered and provided all kinds of assistance and this chapel has to be visited to get the full impact of that terrible day."
The rear of St. Paul's Chapel faces Church Street, opposite the east side of the World Trade Center site. After the attack on September 11, 2001, which led to the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, St. Paul's Chapel served as a place of rest and refuge for recovery workers at the WTC site.
Rev: "So much history- George Washington attended church services at St Pauls for one year while NYC was the nations capitol. The huge role this church played in the aftermath of 9/11 is also quite amazing. It is part of the 9/11 walking tour- we highly suggest you take this tour offered. You will gain the most from your visit here (we had Rob as our guide and he told us so many pertinent stories about this church!)…the walking tour costs money but entry to the church is free!"
Rev: "I loved being at St Paul's not only for it's place in 9/11 but also for the history....it's the oldest surviving church in New York City. George Washington attended services there, and did so after his inauguration in 1789. Took a beautiful photo of Freedom Tower from the cemetery at St Paul's."
Rev: "Breathtaking, one of the things that surprised me most about my visit to New York is all the churches that pop up in the middle of a line of concrete buildings and skyscrapers.... a thing on wonder! and well worth a visit."