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Old St. Joseph's Church

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Address: 321 Willings Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3897
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+1 215-923-1733

A colonial-style church that deliberately took on an unassuming look in...

A colonial-style church that deliberately took on an unassuming look in order to avoid attracting anti-Catholic sentiments.

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Beautiful historic church

This is a beautiful small church in the middle of the historic part of the city. It is the first catholic church in Philadelphia. Mass is celebrated there with many convenient... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

This is a beautiful small church in the middle of the historic part of the city. It is the first catholic church in Philadelphia. Mass is celebrated there with many convenient times on the weekend. It is small but you definitely feel like you are part of the service. It can be hard to find at first, and you might... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Beautiful must-see church for everyone and especially Catholics interested in seeing such an important piece of history first hand! Loved it.

Thank HStuart224
Grenoble, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

at the heart of a historic district, it one of the oldest church in the US which is still in operation. Very well maintained, it is typical of the jesuit style.

Thank stism
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

This colonial church, like most churches from that era, is very simplistic in design. This one, however, has a mural on the ceiling, a large organ, and a fine painting behind the altar. The stained glass is also quite nice. There are multiple entrances, and it's quite small, but still worth the trip. Feel free to go in if there's... More 

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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

Not as ostentatious as a cathedral or basilica but an example of a small place of worship that has been well maintained. Enter on the alley sign despite what the signage tell you to do.

Thank Jerry_Bagnell
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015

Come see how the pastor of this colonial church helped establish the founding principle of Religious Freedom for America. I did not realize the historic significance of this church. The docent guides in the church were a wealth of knowledge and passionate about the history connected to Old St. Joseph Church.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015

I attended a wedding in this church. The church is beautiful and provided an old world setting for a wedding. Although almost 200 years old (rebuilt in 1830s), the church is comfortable and air conditioned.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

This place does not scream church and is a bit hidden away from sight. Other than that it was worth a quick stop to see. The old original gate from the church yard was exceptional and the interior, while small was very well maintained. I do believe that the church was rebuilt at some point, but is still old and... More 

Thank jehenson81
Hoboken, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013 via mobile

Although it is only minutes from the Independence Park, this "hidden" church is not really visited. Located in a residence yard, you can't easily recognise it, but once you step in, you will be instantly surrounded in a warm and sacred atmosphere. Being the earlist catholic chirch in Philly, it is worth a visit if you have time.

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