Christ church dating
A charming covered bridge, added by Street in 1875, connects the cathedral to the old Synod Hall, which now holds the Viking multi-media exhibition "Dublinia." Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours and prices can change without notice.
To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.
At Christ Church, Absalom Jones, the nation’s first black priest, received his ordination, a school was created to educate slaves and over 25% of Philadelphia’s free and enslaved Africans were baptized.
The present stone cathedral was begun in 1172 after the conquest of Dublin by Strongbow (a.k.a. Construction continued well into the 13th century, so a transition from Norman to Early English Gothic styles can be seen in the architecture. As with many Victorian renovations, the work was important for preserving the ancient building but also robbed the cathedral of much of its medieval character.Its steeple (1754), financed by a lottery organized by Benjamin Franklin, is the work of Robert Smith, one of America’s earliest architects.For 56 years, the steeple made Christ Church the tallest structure in North America.Known as “The Nation’s Church,” it hosted members of the Continental Congress during the American Revolution and Presidents George Washington and John Adams in the first decade of the newly established Republic.Among early members were Benjamin and Deborah Franklin, Betsy Ross, John Penn (William Penn’s grandson), and signers of the Constitution and of the Declaration of Independence, including Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, and Francis Hopkinson.