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Old St. Joseph's Church

321 Willings Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3897
+1 215-923-1733
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A colonial-style church that deliberately took on an unassuming look in order to avoid attracting anti-Catholic sentiments.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average18%
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2 Oct 2017
“Old St. Joes”
30 Jan 2017
“Beautiful historic church”
321 Willings Aly, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3897
City Center East
+1 215-923-1733
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

My daughter got married at the church in early September. This is an amazing institution with an ideal location. The beauty and architecture of the church played a big role in the success of the day. One of the nicest churches in Philadelphia.

Thank toddayo
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Attended a wedding here August 2017. Amazing location close to Independence Hall. Some information about the church, including a copy of a letter from George Washington, is posted on the back wall. Charming, modest, church with rich historical significance for Philadelphia.

Thank pjmdvm
Reviewed 30 January 2017

This is a beautiful small church in the middle of the historic part of the city. It is the first catholic church in Philadelphia. Mass is celebrated there with many convenient times on the weekend. It is small but you definitely feel like you are...More

Thank 50Pat2013
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Beautiful must-see church for everyone and especially Catholics interested in seeing such an important piece of history first hand! Loved it.

Thank HStuart224
Reviewed 25 April 2016

at the heart of a historic district, it one of the oldest church in the US which is still in operation. Very well maintained, it is typical of the jesuit style.

Thank stism
Reviewed 5 March 2016

This colonial church, like most churches from that era, is very simplistic in design. This one, however, has a mural on the ceiling, a large organ, and a fine painting behind the altar. The stained glass is also quite nice. There are multiple entrances, and...More

Thank MrSaturn64
Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

Not as ostentatious as a cathedral or basilica but an example of a small place of worship that has been well maintained. Enter on the alley sign despite what the signage tell you to do.

Thank Jerry_Bagnell
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Come see how the pastor of this colonial church helped establish the founding principle of Religious Freedom for America. I did not realize the historic significance of this church. The docent guides in the church were a wealth of knowledge and passionate about the history...More

Thank Sonomandad
Reviewed 29 July 2015

I attended a wedding in this church. The church is beautiful and provided an old world setting for a wedding. Although almost 200 years old (rebuilt in 1830s), the church is comfortable and air conditioned.

Thank AnnFHouston
Reviewed 3 March 2014

This place does not scream church and is a bit hidden away from sight. Other than that it was worth a quick stop to see. The old original gate from the church yard was exceptional and the interior, while small was very well maintained. I...More

Thank jehenson81
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