The Abyssinian Baptist Church, located at 132 West 138th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, was built in 1922–23 and was designed by Charles W. Bolton & Son in Gothic Revival and Tudor Revival styles – it has also been described as "Collegiate Gothic". It features stained glass windows and marble furnishings.Make Abyssinian Baptist Church part of your personalized New York City itinerary using our New York City journey planning app.
During the 20th century, prominent ministers of the church included Adam Clayton Powell Sr. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Over the years, the church has served as a place for African American spirituality, politics and community. The Abyssinian Baptist Church congregation traces its history to 1809, when seamen from the Ethiopian Empire (then known as Abyssinia) helped lead a protest against segregated church seating. It worshiped in several places before building the present church structure.
The church and its associated community house were designated a New York City Landmark on July 13, 1993.
Tours To Abyssinian Baptist Church
Private Harlem Tour in New York BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $133
Duration: 3 hours
Historic Harlem Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $28
Duration: 2 hours
Abyssinian Baptist Church Reviews
It's a church, not a tourist attraction, they do their best to accommodate people but the services are not for tourist and not part of a tour. If you are going for a show or just want to hear gospel.... more »
With angry words they forbite us the entry. I can understand, indeed! But with another behaviour, please! more »
Was looking for a church to start attending. And seen Abyssinian Baptist Church i went here as a child for many years with my father and sisters. Wow i had good memories there.
I love attending Abyssinian Baptist Church whenever I can. The services are always high, the Holy Spirit is always present and the music ministers to my heart. I listen intently to sermons proffered by the ministerial staff and the church is welcoming. I also attend their Monday Bible study and have learned a lot. I think the pastor, Dr. Butts, is a good leader in the Harlem community. This being said, is from my humble perspective.
Plan your trip to New York City
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
See all ›
Hidden gems in New York City
See all ›
Side trips from New York City
Parks in New York City
Nearby attractions in New York City
Plans to Abyssinian Baptist Church by other users
35 days in New York City & San Francisco BY A USER FROM IRELAND May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 60 days in New York City BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND January, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, hidden gems Preferences: January, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 36 days in New York City & Los Angeles BY A USER FROM RUSSIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 60 days in San Jose & New York City BY A USER FROM INDONESIA May, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: May, culture, romantic, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 21 days in United States BY A USER FROM INDONESIA June, kids, popular sights Preferences: June, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in New York City BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL February, culture, historic sites, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, culture, historic sites Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium