Old South Church, Boston

Old South Church, Boston

Old South Church is a church of the United Church of Christ in Boston, Massachusetts. The church building was designed between 1870 and 1872 by the Boston architectural firm of Cummings and Sears in the Venetian Gothic style. The style follows the precepts of the British cultural theorist and architectural critic John Ruskin (1819–1900) as outlined in his treatise The Stones of Venice. Old South Church in Boston remains one of the most significant examples of Ruskin's influence on American architecture. A tall tower or campanile is the trademark feature of Old South and is visible from several Boston neighborhoods. The tower, on the western end of the church, rises to a height of 246' and houses the church's 2020 pound bell. The interior of Old South is exuberant yet quietly modulates the mix of rich materials: highly carved Italian cherry woodwork, limestone, stenciled plaster, and stained glass.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful example of "Venetian Gothic" church architecture.
The old ornate wood pews, stained glass, and architecture all testify to its mid-19th-century construction.
The vibrancy of the colors is unreal, especially if you're lucky enough to visit when the sun's rays hit the windows.

Tip:
Try to visit when a concert is scheduled. An organ concert may be the best moment.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am-7pm (or later); Sat: 10am-4pm; Sun: 8:30am-7pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Old South Church on Map

Sight Name: Old South Church
Sight Location: Boston, USA (See walking tours in Boston)
Sight Type: Religious
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