Christ Church in the City of Boston (Old North Church)

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Before Paul Revere rode on horseback, he charged three Boston patriots to signal by lanterns in the steeple. They were warning people from across the Charles River about the British troops who were advancing from the water. It was universally understood that “one [lantern] if by land, and two [lanterns] if by sea.” That night, Captain John Pulling, Thomas Bernard, and a church official named Robert Newman hung two lanterns, which was a covert and discrete operation. Paul Revere, then rode off, spreading the warning through town by word-of-mouth rather than flame in the dark night. Take a turn around the halls in a tour, see the historic lanterns, or take a seat during a service. They post the season’s schedule on their website so plan your tours ahead. As the church is still an active place of worship, Sundays are reserved for mass.


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Open today: 09:00-18:00

193 Salem Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

+1 617 858 8231
Indoors, Air conditioning

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