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.