St. Paul’s Chapel is the oldest surviving church in Manhattan. The chapel earned the nickname The Little Chapel that Stood after it survived the collapse of the World Trade Center, less than 100 yards away, in the 9/11 attacks without sustaining damage.
Built in 1766, St. Paul’s Chapel was modeled on St. Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square, London and is one of the finest examples of Late Georgian architecture in the US. The building has been the site of many historic events in its 250-year history. George Washington himself used to worship here—the pew he sat in is marked with a painting of the seal of the United States—and several important figures, including Revolutionary War hero Major General Richard Montgomery, are buried in the churchyard.
The church also has an active community and offers a full program of services for congregants as well as regular concerts. See the chapel on a tour of Lower Manhattan along with the 9/11 Memorial or the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The chapel offers free guided tours on Friday afternoons.
- The church entrance includes a short staircase that may be challenging for people with limited mobility.
- Please remember that the church is a place of worship and maintain a respectful manner and tone.
How to Get There
St. Paul’s Chapel is located at 209 Broadway in Lower Manhattan. To reach the chapel by subway, take the N, R, or W train to Cortlandt Street or City Hall. Alternatively, visit on a walking tour of the area that includes Wall Street, the 9/11 Memorial, and other sites in Lower Manhattan.
When to Get There
The chapel and churchyard are open every day. Church services are held four times a day on Sundays. Concerts are held on some evenings.
Visit the 9/11 Memorial
For New Yorkers, the 9/11 Memorial—dedicated to the office workers and rescue teams who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001—is a sacred space. The names of those who died are engraved around two water features that mark the sites of the Twin Towers. Spend some time reflecting on the events of that momentous day, and visit the on-site museum that documents the tragedy and examines its wider implications.