Saturday, September 28, 2013

inSPIREd Sunday

September 2013 - Manhattan New York

Trinity Church, in lower Manhattan, is a historic, active, parish church in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. Trinity Church is near the intersection of Wall Street and Broadway.

The church was destroyed in the Great New York City Fire of 1776, which started in the Fighting Cocks Tavern, destroying nearly 500 buildings and houses and left thousands of New Yorkers homeless. Six days later, most of the city's volunteer firemen followed General Washington north.

Construction on the second Trinity Church building began in 1788; it was consecrated in 1790. The structure was torn down after being weakened by severe snows during the winter of 1838–39.

The third and current Trinity Church was finished in 1846 and at the time of its completion its 281-foot (86 m) spire and cross was the highest point in New York until being surpassed in 1890 by the New York World Building.

During the September 11, 2001 attacks, as the 1st Tower collapsed, people took refuge from the massive debris cloud inside the church. Falling wreckage from the collapsing tower knocked over a giant sycamore tree that had stood for nearly a century in the churchyard of St. Paul's Chapel, which is part of Trinity Church's parish and is located several blocks north of Trinity Church. Sculptor Steve Tobin used its roots as the base for a bronze sculpture that stands next to the church today.

There are three burial grounds closely associated with Trinity Church. The first is Trinity Churchyard, at Wall Street and Broadway, in which Alexander Hamilton, William Bradford, Franklin Wharton, Robert Fulton, Captain James Lawrence and Albert Gallatin are buried. The second is Trinity Church Cemetery and Mausoleum on Riverside Drive, formerly the location of John James Audubon's estate, in which are interred John James Audubon,Alfred Tennyson Dickens, John Jacob Astor, and Clement Clarke Moore. It is the only active cemetery remaining in the borough of Manhattan. The third is the Churchyard of St. Paul's Chapel, where memorials to the United Irishmen Addis Emmet and Dr. William MacNeven are located.


  1. Thank you for the lovely tour - tis a beautiful church with so many unique statues. Love the windows and as a genealogist, I like the sign of the oldest stone in the cemetery so that it can be read. These wonderful old churches have such incredible records.

  2. I love all of the details you've captured. This is a great post. Thanks for sharing it this week!

  3. This is a fabulous post! Thanks.

  4. i love the stain glass windows. amazing shots... would love to see it one day. ( :


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