In case you missed it, yesterday professional football player Tim Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets. The NFL quarterback is known for many things: his unique running ability, his larger than life size and strength, his uncanny ability to win football games when all hope is lost… And of course, his devout religious beliefs. Luckily for Tim, New York City has more than its fair share of churches to choose from. So in honor of Tim’s upcoming arrival in New York, let’s take a look some of the best places of worship that we have to offer:
St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Located right across the street from 30 Rockefeller Center, more than 5 million people walk through the doors of St. Patrick’s Cathedral each year. The Cathedral opened in 1879 and more than 150 years later, is now one of the most popular attraction in New York City. Despite its popularity and tourism draw, St. Patrick’s still holds mass every day of the week. Hop-off at the Downtown Tour Stop #18 and walk over to 5th Ave to find St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Riverside Church – Riverside Church opened its doors in 1930 from the funding of John D. Rockefeller Jr. Located on Riverside Drive in Harlem, the church’s gothic style architecture makes it a focal point of the community. Riverside Church is also the only interdenominational church on our list. Hop-off at stop #30 on the Uptown Tour for access to the Riverside Church.
Trinity Church – Sitting at Broadway and Wall Street, Trinity Church was built in 1846 and is listed in the National Register of Historical Places. The church is the third Trinity Church to sit in this location and was designed by architect Richard Upjohn. Trinity Church has a beautiful green courtyard and is the resting place of forefather Alexander Hamilton. Hop-off at Downtown stop #12 and the church is just a few short blocks uptown.
Grace Church – Architect James Renwick Jr. finished this gothic revival style church in 1846. Located on Broadway at 10th Street (Where Broadway begins to bend) Grace Church has become a New York City landmark. In fact, in 1977, Grace was officially designated as a National Historic Landmark. To visit, you can Hop-off the Downtown Tour at Stop #7 and head up Broadway until you hit the church.
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Cathedral Church of St. John The Divine – Hop-off at stop #29 on the Uptown Tour to see The Cathedral Church of St. John The Devine, the largest church in the United States. The cathedral is open 7 days a week and the beautiful grounds and gardens are open during the daylight hours. Construction of the Cathedral began in 1892 and to this day has yet to finish.
St. Paul’s Chapel – Known as “The little chapel that could” after surviving the 9/11 terrorist attacks without a scratch, St. Paul’s is one of the most beautiful chapels that New York City has to offer. It was built in 1766 and is located right across the street from the World Trade Center site, on Broadway. St. Paul’s is the Chapel that George Washington worshiped at after his inauguration and hosts a beautiful memorial to the victims of 9/11. Hop-off the Downtown Tour at location #11 and the Chapel is just a few blocks downtown on Broadway.
To book a tour that will bring you past all six of these churches, check out our website now. Welcome to New York, Tim!