Trinity Church, New York

Trinity Church, New York (must see)

Trinity Church is a traditional high church situated not far from the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway in Lower Manhattan. Known for both its location and endowment, this historic temple has been around since the late 17th century.

Originally built in 1698, the church has been rebuilt three times with the current edifice dating back to 1846. In the course of the centuries, the Manhattan Trinity Church has held an important place in history. Initially, during the American Revolution, the building served as the British headquarters prior to being destroyed by the Great New York City Fire of 1776. The replacement edifice was completed in 1790 and saw many of the nation's founding fathers, like Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, attend services here. George Washington's inauguration thanksgiving services also took place at the Trinity.

The burial grounds outside, on both sides of the church, are a who's who of early America. It is now a must-stop site for fans of the musical Hamilton, as it serves as the final resting place for Alexander Hamilton, his wife, and son. Among other notable figures buried here are William Bradford ("the pioneer printer of the Middle colonies"), Robert Fulton (American engineer and inventor of a commercial steamboat), William Alexander (aka Lord Stirling, a Scottish-American major general during the American Revolutionary War), Francis Lewis (a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New York), Hercules Mulligan (Irish-American tailor and spy during the American Revolutionary War), Edward Irving Koch (mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989), and others. Remarkably enough, the Trinity Church graveyard is the only cemetery in Manhattan that is still active.

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Sight Name: Trinity Church
Sight Location: New York, USA
Sight Type: Religious
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