King's Chapel & Burying Ground

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King's Chapel & Burying Ground information

Location
Boston , USA
Address
58 Tremont St
Getting there
Bostont: State
More information
www.kings-chapel.org
Prices
self-guided tour donation $2, Bells & Bones tour $8
Opening hours
10am-5pm Mon-Sat, 1:30-5pm Sun
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Puritan Bostonians were not pleased when the original Anglican church was erected on this site in 1688. The granite chapel standing today – built in 1754 – houses the largest bell ever made by Paul Revere, as well as a historic organ. The adjacent burying ground is the oldest in the city. Besides the bi-weekly services, recitals are held here every week (12:15pm Tuesday).

The church was built on a corner of the city cemetery because the Puritans refused to allow the Anglicans to use any other land. As a result, these are some of the city’s oldest headstones, including one that dates to 1623. Famous graves include John Winthrop, the first governor of the fledgling Massachusetts Bay Colony; William Dawes, who rode with Paul Revere; and Mary Chilton, the first European woman to set foot in Plymouth.

In addition to the self-guided tour, visitors are invited on the Bells & Bones tour , which ascends into the bell tower to admire Paul Revere’s work and descends into the crypt to wander among 250-year-old remains.