Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts, (also known as New Old South Church or Third Church) is a historic United Church of Christ congregation first organized in 1669. Its present building was designed in the Gothic Revival style by Charles Amos Cummings and Willard T. Sears, completed in 1873, and amplified by the architects Allen & Collens between 1935–1937. The church, which was built on newly filled land in the Back Bay section of Boston, is located at 645 Boylston Street on Copley Square. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970 for its architectural significance as one of the finest High Victorian Gothic churches in New England. It is home to one of the older religious communities in the United States.
Established in 1669, Old South Church is one of the older religious communities in the United States. It was organized by Congregationalist dissenters from Boston's First Church and was known as the Third Church (to distinguish it from the First and Second Congregational Churches in the city). The Third Church's congregation met first in their Cedar Meeting House (1670), then at the Old South Meeting House (1729) at the corner of Washington and Milk Streets in Boston.
|Monday||8:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Tuesday||8:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Wednesday||8:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Thursday||8:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
|Friday||8:00 AM – 7:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Sunday||7:30 AM – 8:00 PM|
andi d. | Feb 24, 2018
Gorgeous Gothic Revival! Church completed in 1873.
Concern Boston | Oct 26, 2017
This is a beautiful church both inside and outside. They don't charge admission, but welcome donations.
Nissan Lamusicano | Sep 19, 2017
A very special sight. Especially outside. Inside is beautiful too but smells a bit like there's no air.
Chris Bailey | Dec 15, 2017
Cool old Chris, went there for craft fair.
Nimit Patel | Mar 9, 2017
The place is an amazing getaway from the outside hustle and bustle at Copley Square. With an amazing interior architecture, soothing evening orchestra once in a while, and the odd chance of finding peace in solitude, it can be a wonderful delight to the artistic eye!
Noah Whittington | Mar 10, 2018
Does not allow LGBT people to use their bathrooms, I am ashamed to have such a disgustingly backwards church in such a beautfiul city.
J F | Apr 2, 2018
Fun seeing the history and remember to walk behind the church to see the old park
Phillip Barnhart | Jul 7, 2018
Beautiful, amazing church with incredible stained glass. A self-guided tour is available. Everyone you meet here is friendly, excited to share this wonderful building, and open to all. If you are in Boston on business, you owe it to yourself to attend a service no matter what your denomination.
BradJill Travels | Aug 15, 2018
The Old South Church (free entry) dates to the 1660s and one of two historical church visits you can make at Copley Square. We enjoyed the unique architecture of Old South Church, which is Northern Italian Gothic style. The building was designed mid 19th century. There are brochures in the worship hall with information regarding the history and architecture of the building. Both are worth a quick read. Within the church, we enjoyed the stained glass windows, wood carving pews and wall panels and the Gothic style back wall. On the 'Tour The Church' church website page, you find find information regarding the important things to see within the church. During our visit, there was lovely organ play taking place during our visit as well, making it nice to sit and enjoy the sounds of the Old South Church while we viewed its interior. You can conveniently visit the Old South Church in 15-20 minutes before making your way to other attractions at Copley Square or other areas of Boston. It is free to pop in and seemed worth the time to do so if you enjoy seeing historic churches.
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