St. Paul’s Chapel
An Episcopal church, St. Paul’s Chapel was built in 1766 and is the oldest continuously used building in New York City. George Washington worshipped here on his inauguration day on April 30, 1789. The ornamental design of the “Glory” over the altar is the work of Pierre L’Enfant, who designed Washington, D.C. The “Glory” depicts Mt. Sinai in clouds and lightning, the Hebrew word for “God” in a triangle, and the two tablets of the Law with the Ten Commandments.
The chapel is located across the street from the site of the Twin Towers and became a rest station for rescue workers in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001. The exhibit Unwavering Spirit: Hope and Healing at Ground Zero chronicles the unique history of St. Paul’s and its volunteer ministry in the weeks and months after September 11th. The chapel is also host to Bach at One concerts every Monday at 1 pm.