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Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site, PA

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Before Pennsylvania there was New Sweden. Discover this last historic link to a forgotten past. Visit the church's pastoral surroundings and its burial ground of patriots and ordinary citizens alike.

Interior view of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church with stained glass window.
Interior view of Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church

Originally built by Swedish Lutherans in 1700, the Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church has been part of the Episcopal Diocese since 1845.

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View of gravemarkers in foreground with church behind.
The Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Episcopal Church is the oldest church building in Pennsylvania.

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Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site

Address

916 S. Swanson Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Email:indevisitorinfo@nps.gov

Directions

Car From northbound I-95 exit at the Columbus Boulevard/Washington Avenue exit (#16). Turn left onto Christopher Columbus Boulevard. At the second traffic light, Christian Street, turn left. Church parking lot is on the left. From southbound I-95 exit at the Penn's Landing exit (#16), left lane off ramp). Turn right onto Christopher Columbus Boulevard. At the first light (Christian Street) turn right. Church parking lot is on the left. Public Transportation SEPTA Bus Routes #25, #47 and #57 stop within 10 blocks or closer of Gloria Dei.

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