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Old North Church
Old North Church

Old North Church

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Sights and Museums,Historic Site,Church
Ranked #27 in Boston things to do
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193 Salem Street, Boston, MA, United States
(617) 523-6676
9am-5pm
http://www.oldnorth.com/
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The Old North Church is the oldest standing church in Boston and has a rich history, as well as a stunning physical presentation. The church is most famous for the events of April 18, 1775, when ... Read more
Robert Newman climbed the church steeple and held two lanterns; a signal from Paul Revere that the British were approaching by land rather that by sea. Inside the church are many fine artifacts, including ornate antique chandeliers and a massive organ. The Old North Church has the oldest bells in North America. They were hung in 1745 and still ring with vigor on Saturday mornings.

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Gloversville, New York State

This is the church where Paul Revere hung the lanterns to warn of the british invasion. If you are history buff it is a must see.

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Berlin, Germany

Probably the highlight of the Freedom Trail, the Old North Church isn't just, well, an old church, but has a lot of interesting history inside. They have many posters and plaques explaining about the real Paul Revere's ride as well as digging into some of the politics and interesting facts about the people who attended the church throughout the years. Well worth the stop!

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Local from Milton, Massachusetts

One if by land, Two if by sea, The midnight ride of Paul Revere, The famous OLD NORTH CHURCH, a must see if you are visiting Boston.

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Kind of a must-see if Boston's revolutionary history is of interest to you-- an iconic Boston site.

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Local from Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Church made famous by the midnight ride heralding the coming of the British before the Revolutionary War. It's not much to see, but worth a glance if you're in the North End for bread and cookies.

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Bedford

Made famous by Paul Revere and mentioned in Longfellow's poem about the same, the Old North Church is a must see if you are in the North End or walking the Freedom Trail.

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Melbourne, Florida

The Old North Church is the oldest standing church, and the second oldest building in Boston. The Church opened it doors for worship in December of 1729. The church was immortalized during the American Revolution when Paul Revere asked the church rector to place one lantern in the steeple, if the Brits were attacking by land, or two lanterns, if they were attacking by sea. Paul Revere was then able to warn the Patriots at Lexington and Concord that the Redcoats were coming by sea. "One if by land, and two if by sea!"

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Local from Cambridge

Worth a look if you're in the North End. I've never been inside (because I'm always there at night), but there's a little park next to it for cannoli-eating.

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Pittsford (town), New York

One if by land, two if by sea - or is it the other way. No matter this is the place that signal was given for the Independence War. Be ready to climb to visit this quaint old church with its wooden pews.

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

This historic church was made famous by Paul Revere, and his house is actually located nearby. Beautiful building in a great part of the city.

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London, UK

Remember the Longfellow poem that people of a certain age had to memorise in school? This is the place where the lanterns were put out for him. For some the beginning of the American Revolution.

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Schenectady, New York State, USA

Very difficult to get to being it’s in the north end of Boston. This is where the Lanterns were hung for Paul Revere Ride. Disability access is difficult because of narrower street with very little parking in the area.

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Local from Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Great piece of history; it's located right on the Freedom Trail, so you won't miss it if you follow the path. It's also close to lots of great Italian restaurants in the North End.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

This colonial church was very insightful. I hadnt been in one like this before.It is set up in a completely different style than I had been used to. However, it was extremely common for its time.

It was very interesting to see how the pews were set up by family boxes and non members were not really welcomed as they wouldnt have had a place to sit or to worship! Regardless each family had their specific location. I can understand how this would work in smaller communities but in a big city like Boston, I didnt think it made a lot of sense.

The church itself was an interesting place for sure... The architecture was beautiful on the inside and the outside. I love brick buildings from the colonial period as they are engineering feats.

Pro Tip: This is a free stop on the freedom trail and they have an attached gift shop =)

This is near the end of the Freedom Trail within Boston itself and definitely was a nice spot. The munchkin and I enjoyed a nice introspective moment sitting in the garden resting and having a drink after hiking over from the Museum of Science.

A definite must see stop IMHO. =)

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San Francisco, California, USA
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The Old North Church exudes that beautiful brick-red New England architecture. It's near Paul Revere's House in the very quaint North Beach area. Definitely stop in for a peek.

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Vienna, Austria

Hear the voice of Paul Revere and the vision of the lights "one if by land and two if by sea at this historic house of worship.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

This is the church Paul Revere was in when he warned of the British coming. The place is kept up to quality and very historical. Come visit!

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Calgary, Canada

This is a must visit for anyone familiar with the story of Paul Revere's midnight ride as the steeple of Old North Church was used as the signal to indicate the movement of the British troops out of Boston. The interior is mostly maintained in its state at the time so no electrical lights and the pew boxes is an unusual feature.

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United States

Much more laid back than many churches you might visit on vacation, but it is still an active parish so certain respects should be shown. A lot of historical information on display and they don't mind if you take photos.

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Portola Hills, California, USA
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I really enjoy visiting cities like Boston and Charleston because of the history. Walking into this church results in transporting yourself back in time.

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