St. Paul's Chapel

St. Paul's Chapel

Located directly across from the World Trade Center site, St. Paul’s was the only building so close to Ground Zero to escape destruction during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. With its peaceful interior and small graveyard with tombstones dating back to the 18 th century, it offers a tranquil sanctuary from the busy streets of the Financial District.

This historic house of worship dates back to 1766, making it the only surviving pre-Revolutionary church in Manhattan. Part of the Episcopal Parish of Trinity Church, St. Paul’s is also the oldest public building in continuous use on the island. George Washington worshiped regularly at this chapel and attended services on his Inauguration Day. His pew is still on display.

The church features the Montgomery Memorial, which commemorates General Richard Montgomery, the first officer killed in the American Revolution. He is buried at St. Paul’s.

A Refuge during 9/11

In the aftermath of the September 11 th terrorist attacks, St. Paul’s became a safe haven for first responders due to its proximity to Ground Zero. Donations poured in from around the world to the church that provided round-the-clock refuge for recovery workers who needed a place to pray and sleep. There are exhibits on display throughout the chapel detailing that devastating day, including memorabilia such as pictures, letters and testaments.

Visiting St. Paul's Chapel

The church is located at 211 Broadway between Fulton and Vesey Streets. For more information call 212-233-4164 or visit the Trinity Wall Street website.