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The First Church of Christ, Scientist

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Back Bay
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Address: 210 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Phone Number: +1 617-450-2000

The Plaza is located in the heart of Boston and includes beautiful...

The Plaza is located in the heart of Boston and includes beautiful buildings and gardens, a fountain, reflecting pool, and more.

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Lovely church and surroundings

The pools outside are scenic and we went inside to have a look. The greeting was friendly and we were shown around the original church and the much bigger modern one. It was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 October 2016
Liverpool, England
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Liverpool, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

The pools outside are scenic and we went inside to have a look. The greeting was friendly and we were shown around the original church and the much bigger modern one. It was interesting to learn some facts about the religion and the building is well worth seeing from the inside.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

They got a great scenic spot that drew us in to check it out. Quite grand. We did the full walk around the water. Yes it's worth seeing and there's sometimes things going on outside here.

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The Mapparium is out of date (technically), but the tour guides will tell you why. And what ABOUT the religious metaphysicians of the mid-19th centuryt and the 'Religious Science' and 'New Thought' movements that breathed from Transcendentalism.

Thank Maynard C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

It's an interesting experience for people who aren't familiar with this Christian church. It's good that it's free, the tour included, though the mapparium isn't really worth the money($6).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

This Church is well worth a visit and free tour regardless of your religion. The Church is incredible and beautiful, the organ has over 13,000 pipes making it one of the 10 largest in the world, and the guides give a great tour without trying to convert anyone. We recommend it highly.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

This is a beautiful building inside and out. The area outside is great to visit in the summer and it is a few meters from Boylston st where you can find nice shops, restaurants and The prudential.

Thank Danuza
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

It is the headquarter of Christian Science faith, founded in the 19thcenturyin Boston by Marry Baker Eddy. Located at 14 acre plot with other buildings , like the colonade, Christian Science Monitor and the reflecting pool, the church has a capacity of over 3000, and the dome is over 200 feet high. The original church made in 1894 is small... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

There's nothing wrong, per se, but I don't see the buildings as unique or interesting. They're large, concrete structures. Boston is filled with so much more.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

The exterior and the reflecting pool and walking areas are restful, if you don;t do it on a hot day or mid-winter. Mostly locals here, with some tourists during the day. It has had its positive impact on this part of the city.

Thank EagleEyeBoston
Hyannis, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

Free tours are offered most days. This church is worth seeing, much different than a lot of other big beautiful churches in Boston. Light and bright with an interesting story. You won't be disappointed. Have your camera ready for both inside and outside photos near the reflection pool.

Thank Peppiedoodle

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