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Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site

916 S Swanson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-4332
+1 215-389-1513
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Very nice site in Philly. Quiet, peaceful, not too hard to find,

Not the kind of place I would normally visit, but I wanted to collect the stamp for my National... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lexington Park, Maryland
Excellent rating because it was worth the trip over

The best reviews have already been written, but I can say it was a great contributor to our trip... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
Patricia A
Farmington, Utah, United States
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The oldest church in Pennsylvania, though designed simply, has a wealth of detail, like the ship suspended from the ceiling or the silver crown in the vestry which every woman married in this church must don.
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916 S Swanson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-4332
Bella Vista / Queen Village
+1 215-389-1513
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not the kind of place I would normally visit, but I wanted to collect the stamp for my National Park Passport book. Not worth going to Philly for just this attraction, but if you are in town, this makes a nice stop. Easy to visit...More

Thank courtrightkj
Reviewed 2 July 2017

The best reviews have already been written, but I can say it was a great contributor to our trip. By learning the history, walking all the way through and walking the grounds. It's a beautiful building in a great setting (the park service has kept...More

Thank Patricia A
Reviewed 17 January 2017

In the hustle and bustle of contemporary commerce near the Delaware River, the small and beautiful Gloria Dei, Old Swedes, Church and its small churchyard are a pleasure to one’s senses and a reminder that commerce has taken many forms since the first Swedish Lutheran...More

Thank Elisabeth B
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We took in this church as part of a two hour walk of Penns Landing. Beautiful, serene church with an upstairs gallery. A font brought from Sweden in the 1800's. The woodwork is painted white adding to the overall beauty and simplicity of the church

Thank VanessaRoad
Reviewed 22 March 2016

Visited this church after having dinner at "For Pete's Sake" a pub up the street on Christian and Front St. It's the oldest church in Philadelphia and you can imagine back in the 1700s the river wharf area and Old Philadelphia as it grew around...More

Thank Cruising2by2
Reviewed 29 December 2015

the art work is amazing,well kept building,service was already on and i just stood there appreciate the building style of this place

Thank 444matisse
Reviewed 18 May 2013 via mobile

As the second oldest church ever built on the soil of America, it surely bring a unique and valuable piece of history from some 300 years ago to us. Built just before 1700, the church is still in service today. If you can, spare an...More

Thank Lingyuan_He
Reviewed 2 February 2012

Old Swede's Church is unique. It was built on the site of Fort Christina when the area was New Sweden. Inside the church, suspended from the ceiling are models of the ships that transported early Swedish settlers to North America.

Thank Cooperu
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