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Riverside Church

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Address: Riverside Drive at 120th Street, 91 Claremont Ave, New York City, NY
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07:00 - 22:00
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This church has a bell tower with an observation deck offering terrific...

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Gothic Cathedral Circa 1930

We came here after visiting Grant's tomb. It was a Sunday and services were underway. A hostess kindly suggested that if we didn't want to join the service, we could ascend to... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2017
New York, New York
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New York, New York
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

We came here after visiting Grant's tomb. It was a Sunday and services were underway. A hostess kindly suggested that if we didn't want to join the service, we could ascend to the second floor and look down from above. This is an absolutely spectacular church, modeled on Chartres Cathedral. The workmanship from the marble to the stained glass to... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Set on Morningside Heights, this Riverside Church is most impressive with it's massive architectural facade designs as we as sky scraping height. Definitely worth a visit if you like old church designs and historical buildings!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

The church is free to enter. There is the worship area, with nice art of stained glass windows. And there is the Gethsemane Chapel, which is by the right of the entrance, outside of the main worship area. While it is not worth going out of your way, just to see this alone, it is a good place to check... More 

Thank WalterHC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

A beautiful church within walking distance from the subway. Walking through Harlem an up the hill to the church overlooking the Hudson River. Unable to take the elevator to the top as it's been closed for several years.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I ventured in here for the first time, after visiting The General Grant Memorial (Grant's Tomb). This is a very beautiful and solemn church. Even if you don't "believe", the architecture alone is enough to make you stare in wonder. A cool trivia fact, Riverside is the tallest church in the United States. Enjoy!

Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

We took a brief look at the exterior and interior of Riverside Church while taking a walk in Riverside Park. It is located across the street from Grant's Tomb. It is easy to find because it is the tallest church in the USA. John D. Rockefeller Jr. was the major donor in the church's construction. The church had its first... More 

Thank TravelFan48105
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

What's special about Riverside is that it's not only an amazing work for architecture and local craftsmanship, but it's also a building used by the community for a variety of cultural purposes.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

The church prides itself as being progressive and inclusive, one of the few churches in the city actively supporting LGBT causes. The church exterior catches the eye with its stunning architecture, and the grand interior is just as stunning. There is a small gift shop at the ground level. Upper levels are not accessible when I visited.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

If you're up on the upper West Side visiting Columbia, Barnard, and Grant's Tomb, make sure that you include a visit to Riverside Church. This place is unbelievable. The architecture is, to me, far more impressive than St. Patrick's. Can you imagine what a bonus it would be to have John D. Rockefeller Jr. as the chairman of your church--never... More 

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Surf Side, Texas
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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

The building is open 24/7 I attended the 10:45 am Sunday service. The service seems interdenominational , beautiful organist, hymns, solos afterwards the head pastor invites attendees to 15 Q&A upfront concerning the sermon and everyone else invited to open coffee house. Anyone interested in free tour goes upstairs to first balcony. My tour guide was warm, knowledgeable, humorous and... More 

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