Christ Church

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Christ Church information

Boston , USA
Street 0 Garden St
Getting there
bostont Harvard
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Opening hours
services 7:45 & 10:15am Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Cambridge’s oldest church was designed in 1761 by America’s first formally trained architect, Peter Harrison (who also did King’s Chapel in Boston). Washington’s troops used it as a barracks after its Tory congregation fled.

Christ Church’s favorite son is Teddy Roosevelt, who taught Sunday school here when he was a student at Harvard. An interesting addendum to that story is that the future president was actually discharged because he refused to convert to Episcopalianism but chose to remain a member of the Dutch Reformed Church. Adjacent to the church, the Old Burying Ground is a tranquil revolutionary-era cemetery, where Harvard’s first eight presidents are buried.