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The Abyssinian Baptist Church

Religious (Places of Worship), Churches

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The Abyssinian Baptist Church is among the most famous of the many prominent and activist churches in the Harlem section of New York City. The church was an important site for religious music in the Harlem Renaissance. It remains a center of the Harlem gospel tradition. Fats Waller's father was once minister at the church.[3] Among many important events, the church conducted the wedding of Nat King Cole and his bride Maria; and the funeral of "The Father of Blues", W.C. Handy, in 1958.

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44 Reviews

44 Reviews

Christopher W

8/13/2014

This Is The Most Beautiful & Well Known Baptist Church In Harlem,

Or For That Matter, Manhattan !!

Its Even More Famous, Since Soul Food Queen, Sylvia Woods Wake &

Funeral Were Held Here !!

REST IN PEACE SOUL FOOD

QUEEN, SYLVIA WOODS !!

Antonio B

8/13/2014

a spiritual and cultural experience not to be missed....

Ken L

8/13/2014

I was there at winter 2005, warm welcome for us the only two Asian, and the hymn singing is amazing.

Renee C

8/13/2014

Replace the picture of the woman (?) with a picture of the church.

Winter B

10/26/2014

This Church was founded in 1808 It is one of the oldest Churches in NYC. The presiding Pastor is a Great ortator and wonderful person. I was delighted to visit this church with such a perstigious history. I really enjoyed my visit and will vist again

Claudinei F

11/7/2015

the best people and good brothers for the brasilian turists

Luis V

12/8/2015

The church personnel is disrespectful.

Patrick D

12/8/2015

Thanking God for 207 years of Religious History..

tharealbasti

10/30/2016

They won't accept visitors anymore and send you to another church without gospel, a 20 minutes service just full of tourists. Not authentic at all. Very poor experience.

Morten F

10/30/2016

Beautiful church and an interesting experience.

Malakia G

11/30/2016

Always be after service with different churches

Emmeline S

12/30/2016

an incredible gospel place. go to the wednesday office at 7:00 PM, more intimate and reeally great!

Konrad Ł

1/30/2017

I recommend

Mi C

1/30/2017

Sehr schöner Gospel-Gottesdienst. Die Kirche war leicht zu finden. Allerdings wurde hier sehr auf die Einhaltung von Regeln der Kirche geachtet: z.B. angemessene Kleidung, keine Foto-/ oder Tonaufnahmen, keine Rucksäcke und dergleichen. Ich hatte nicht den Eindruck, dass hier kein Auge zugedrückt wird, wenn diese Regeln von Touristen nicht eingehalten werden. Rucksäcke wurden vor der Kirche deponiert. Während des gesamten Gottesdienstes sitzen Touristen/Besucher auf einem Balkon und sind unter ständiger Beobachtung der "Messdiener". Nicht zu vergleichen mit Gottesdiensten in Deutschland. Spenden sind erbeten. Unser Gottesdienst dauerte ungefährt 140 Minuten. Ich spendete 2 x 5 $ und 2 x 1 $.

Raffaella M

1/30/2017

Bellissima messa ,voci eccezionali

Roger P

1/30/2017

Una de las iglesias protestantes con coro de gospel más importantes de New York, bastante bien comunicada con el metro. Tienen una organización muy estricta con los turistas pero la ceremonia religiosa es altamente recomendable. Es conveniente llegar unos 90 minutos antes de la celebración. Y alerta si lleváis mochilas porque no las dejan entrar, aunque te las custodian por $10 mientras estás dentro.

Mary K

3/29/2017

My church home: watch night service singing in the choir is always a bonus

Paula F

7/1/2017

It's a wonderful place to worship God.

Ruth H

8/1/2017

My Church Home, Marvelous Services and wonderful choir.

Valorie w

9/3/2017

I just started going to Abyssinian & this is my 5th Sunday attending. I'm loving each & very Sunday it's like I'm hungry for the word & blessings.

Nathalie A

9/3/2017

Fabulous experience.

HeliosKou

11/3/2017

These people are raicist. They are crooks.

All the parishioners drive brand new luxury vehicles and double park blocking The streets. No one ever want to come and move. They don't let white people in unless they "buy a ticket"

The pastor preached in a sermon that call cops are Pigs....

This isn't a church,it's a house of hate and entitlement

Michael J

11/3/2017

An historical African American Church with Rev. Calvin Butts

Marc S

3/5/2018

Re: Helios' hateful review. Racist????? OMG what a ridiculous accusation. They absolutely let people in from all over the world and all over the country regardless of race. and without paying. The service is a marvelous experience for Baptists, Jews, Agnostics, whatever. If you don't find this experience uplifting, then you have to look to yourself.

The church and congregation are well aware that many, many people want to attend and there are often not enough capacity. They stream on line as well. If you cannot get in here, Marble Collegiate has a great service as well. Also, streamed on line. Not the massive choir of ABC, but very well done.

Email ahead to the church to arrange groups attending from out of town. They are warm and accomodating and no, I am not Baptist or a member of any church.

Luis M

5/7/2018

Me and wife visit and assist to the service last Sunday morning.

For us, coming as tourists from Portugal, it was a splendid, fabulous and spiritual experience.

Impressive the rituals and the speech.

Inclusive for people from all over the World.

To repeat in a new visit to NYC.

Obrigado

Joyce R

5/7/2018

I visit this church each time I visit NewYork and I never tire of it. It always leaves me wanting more. The leader, Dr. Calvin Butts, is an excellent speaker and visionary. God bless you Abyssinian, so full of History and good works. “Long live Abyssinian!”

Long live XXAbyssian”m. livlivelivr Abyssinian

danny b

5/7/2018

One of the reasons why I enjoyed the service at Abyssinian Baptist Church is the commitment that Rev.Calvin Butts 3rd. & assistant pastor Rev. Reginald Bacchus have for saving Souls...AMEN

Dan D

5/7/2018

Amazingly historic. Beutifully restored!!

Liliana S

8/9/2018

Arrived today for the 11:30 mass which is the one that tourist are allowed to visit (according to their website) but when arriving there , there was a sister from another ministry informing us that Abyssinian church is not receiving any tourist for the whole month of August (2018)

so now you know

Delphine L

9/11/2018

I came from Ireland to spend a couple of days in Harlem, NY, and have been waiting for this moment a long time ago. I am passionate about gospel and came here to get some answers. This Sunday, I was walking down the 138th street at 10am. Despite the rain, a lot of cars were parking, people were happy and smiling at each other, there was a good energy around the entrance of the church. As I came closer to the entrance, everyone was looking at me like they didn’t understand what I was doing here. I felt I wasn’t welcome, so I’ve crossed the street to admire the church a moment, and quickly had a look at my phone. Suddenly a young lady asked me to step back with a hand gesture, and she insisted for me to go away (I was just waiting next to a car). I was surprised, so I immediately stepped back, but then I decided to go back to the entrance again. Then I saw a european couple trying to come in as well, so I tried to get in with them, but they were immediately denied. As I do not see any valuable reasons why, as a Christian, I was denied from one of the best Churches in Harlem, I assume my skin was too pale and my clothes too casual for them. I would have appreciated if someone took the time to talk/got to know me or at least gave me some insights/reasons why, by seeing me 10 metres away from the entrance, they knew straight away they wouldn’t let me in.

Francisco L

9/11/2018

Nice church and people. Tourists are very welcome.

Soni s

11/13/2018

This church is absolutely beautiful, inside and out!

Matthew H.

Stars_1

4/29/2018

Rude employees! I live on the same street as the church and one of their employees told me I wasn't allowed to stand on the sidewalk in front of the church....read this and 11 more

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