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On June 2, 1700, Philadelphia’s Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church had its “grand opening.” Celebrate its 324th anniversary by taking a guided tour led by historian and archivist Jeanette Woehr.

It is easy to image the past when you visit Gloria Dei Church. Located on nearly five acres of green space, this national historic site predates the arrival of William Penn and the founding of Pennsylvania. The present day church was built between 1698 and 1700 to serve a parish of European settlers who lived along the banks of the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers. Today it serves as a link to a nearly forgotten history. Woehr will describe the history of this church, from its founding to the present day, and talk about many important historical figures who worshipped here or are buried in the graveyard.

Tour participants will meet inside the church building at 1:00 pm. The tour should take about an hour. Rain or Shine. Tickets are $15 each.

Things to Note:

  • Getting here:
    • Ride Sharing: The Water Street gate (929 S. Water Street) is the best place to be dropped off.
    • Public Transportation: Several bus routes including the 57, 25 and 64 stop near Gloria Dei. Plan your visit using SEPTA’s travel tools.
    • Bicycle Riding: An Indego bicycle-sharing docking station is less than a block away. We also have a bicycle rack on the premises.
    • Vehicle Parking: Some parking is available in our lot (8 Christian Street). Public parking is also available on adjacent city streets.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early. The tour will begin promptly at 1:00 pm.
  • Restroom in Riverside Hall will be accessible before the tour begins
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