With it's towering steeple,
Trinity Church of New York City is splendid to look at and rich with history.
It is an active Episcopal church located in Lower Manhattan and a famous New York City landmark.
This impressive church is regal inside and out. It sits at the west end of Wall Street and can be seen all the way down Wall Street in the narrow space between tall buildings. The church stands out as much for it's contrast with surrounding buildings as it does for it's own exquisiteness.
Find Trinity Church on the Lower Manhattan Map.
The interior of Trinity Church is long and narrow, with a tall vaulted ceiling and colorful stained glass windows. At the entrance, the large bronze doors are sculpted to depict Biblical scenes.
Striking Interior of Trinity Church
At Christmas time, Trinity Church of New York is dressed up with lights, flowers, and decorations. The church has lovely Christmas Eve services in the late afternoon and evening of December 24th.
Trinity Church on Christmas Eve
The church itself is surrounded by a well-landscaped yard that contains monuments and headstones dating back centuries. Despite the hustle and bustle of the Financial District right at its gates, the churchyard itself is actually quite serene.
See the grave and monument of Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. He died from a gunshot wound he received during a duel with Aaron Burr in 1804.
Hamilton was a pew holder at the church in the late 1700s. His grave is located on the south side of the churchyard near Rector Street.
Other notable people buried in the Trinity Churchyard include Robert Fulton and Captain James Lawrence.
One Church, Three Buildings
The current church structure, completed in 1846, is the third Trinity Church to stand at the site.
The first church (circa 1696) was destroyed in the Great Fire of New York in 1776 and the second church was torn down after being weakened by heavy snows in 1839. The current church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
NYC's Tallest Building?
At one time, yes. It’s hard to believe when you see Trinity Church practically dwarfed by the towering skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, but when it was completed in 1846, the church was the tallest structure in Manhattan.
Hours for Visiting
Trinity Church holds numerous worship services, prayer services, and other events each week. Learn more about Trinity's schedule at trinitywallstreet.org.
Location and Directions
Trinity Church of New York City is located at Broadway and Wall Street. To view the location on a map, visit Lower Manhattan Map.
Several subway lines run through the bottom of Manhattan so there are a number of ways to get there. For the most direct route, take the 4 or 5 train to Wall Street or the R or 1 train to Rector Street.