Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site Philadelphia, Pa. Visited: March 24, 2004 NPS Site Visited: Not an Official Site NPS Affiliate Site Visited: 2 of 28 NPS Site
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WHAT IS IT? Oldest active church in Pennsylvania.
BEAUTY (6/10) A very peaceful place. Nice and simple design. Pleasant colors.
HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE (3/10) It is the oldest church in Pennsylvania. Betsy Ross was married there.
CROWDS (8/10) Empty church. No noise and ample opportunity for personal reflection and/or prayer.
EASE OF USE/ACCESS (4/5) Easily located Ĺ mile south of Pennís Landing at the corner of main thoroughfare Columbus Blvd. and Christian Street. Prominent brown Dept. of Interior sign on corner. Free parking lot.
CONCESSIONS/BOOKSTORE (1/5) None.
COSTS (4/5) No entry cost. Itís a church with an active congregation. Free Parking Lot.
RANGER/GUIDE TO TOURIST RATIO (1/5) We didnít see any Ranger.
TOURS/CLASSES (2/10) Only a sheet of paper with a suggested self-tour.
FUN (2/10) Itís a church with an active congregation.
WOULD WE RECOMMEND? (2/10) It is interesting. If you have the time or are looking for a peaceful place in sometimes hectic and stressful Philadelphia this could be your oasis.
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