Trinity Church New York

Dating from 1846, this historic church offers Gothic flying buttresses, stained-glass windows and an ancient churchyard in the midst of modern skyscrapers. It withstood 9/11 and appeared in the movie National Treasure.

Quick Facts

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248857
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Trinity Church
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Timeline

1697
Trinity Church in New York City receives its charter from King William III of England.
1698
First version of Trinity Church constructed, funded by a tax
1705
Queen Anne grants Trinity Church large parcel of land
1709
Trinity Church founds the Charity School (now known as the Trinity School). It is the oldest school in continuous operation in New York City.
1754
Trinity Church grants some land to King's College (later Columbia University)
1774
The leaders of Trinity Church in New York take the Loyalist side during the Revolutionary War.
21 Sep 1776
Trinity Church burns down during the American Revolution. It will remain in ruins until 1790.
21 Sep 1776
British retake New York City from Continental Army
1784
The New York State Legislature appoints patriots as Trustees and modifies the charter of the former Loyalist Trinity Church to conform with the new state constitution. The Patriot priest Samuel Provoost becomes rector.
1790
Trinity Church is rebuilt

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