Christ Church

22-26 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
353949-09 Christ Church

Constructed between 1727 and 1744, Christ Church is the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church in the United States. The congregation included 15 signers of the Declaration of Independence.
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Revolutionary War leaders who attended Christ Church include George Washington, Robert Morris, Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross. Brass plaques mark the pews where these individuals once sat.

Benjamin Franklin organized three lotteries to finance the payment of the church's steeple and bells.

The baptismal font in which William Penn was baptized is still in use at Christ Church; it was sent to Philadelphia in 1697 from All Hallows by the Tower in London.

Many people are surprised that there are graves inside the church. Many people feel disrespectful when they walk on the grave markers, but those buried there wanted to be noticed.

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