Riverside Church


Riverside Church is located on 122nd Street in New York. This is a truly huge building, not just a church, but an entire temple-city in which there is a gym, cafe, school, kindergarten, playground and many other rooms that are difficult to relate to religion. A significant role in the construction of the church belongs to Rockefeller, who sponsored the construction.

The twenty-story building of Revirside Church was built in the middle of the 20th century. There are elements of architecture borrowed from the Spanish and French Gothic of the 13th century.

At the bell tower 120 meters high, the largest tuned bell in the world weighing about twenty tons is installed. His chime with 74 other bells causes a sigh of admiration. Another musical instrument that makes wonderful sounds that can carry your thoughts high up is a huge organ, which is also considered one of the largest in the world.

As in any other church, there is a large church hall in it, services are held here, prayers are held.

Phone: +1 (212) 870-6743

Location: USA, New York, 490 Riverside Drive

Coordinates: N 40.81209000, east -73.96303000

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Interfaith Protestant Riverside Church is the tallest church not only in New York, but also in the United States. Its huge twenty-two-story house (119 meters) tall Gothic tower is visible from afar.

At the beginning of the 20th century, financier and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and well-known preacher Harry Emerson Fosdick decided to build a large interfaith church, open to all who believe in Christ. To develop the project, Rockefeller sent architects Henry Pelton and Charles Collens on a trip to Spain and France to find inspiration in the works of European masters. Construction took only three years. The first service was held here in 1930.

The church immediately struck the townspeople: it looks like a magnificent example of medieval European architecture. The building, fully clad in limestone, is decorated with carved reliefs, lancet arches, pilasters, gargoyles, buttresses, elongated spiers. The main western portal with the figure of Christ, surrounded by the symbols of the evangelists and numerous saints, almost completely copies the central portal of the Chartres Cathedral. The bell tower repeats one of the towers of the Notre-Dame-de-Lans Cathedral, only it is much higher than the prototype and has a steel frame inside. Carillon consists of 74 bells, one of which is the twenty-ton Bourdon, the largest carillon bell in the world.

While Riverside Church looks like an old building from the outside, inside it was designed as an office building - with elevators, an underground garage and air conditioning. The building, which occupies two quarters, includes not only the temple itself, but also a kindergarten, a library, visual, sports and conference rooms: Rockefeller wanted the church to be a social center.

She also became a political center often. Here, on April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. made his speech against the Vietnam War, "Time to Break the Silence." 2400 people (the temple holds so much), with bated breath, listened to his angry words: "When cars and computers, profit and property rights are considered more important than people, you cannot defeat the gigantic trinity - racism, materialism and militarism." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Coffey Annan and even Fidel Castro performed here. The church participates in the national religious program against torture, fights against the death penalty, helps prisoners, AIDS patients, immigrants.

Tourists are usually not interested in the social activities of Riverside Church - they simply enjoy its beauty. The interior is decorated as richly as the building, with the same Gothic motifs. The luxurious stained-glass windows in the upper windows are copies of the Chartres, and the labyrinth on the altar floor also. The stained glass windows in the narthex are the original work of the Flemish masters of the 16th century.

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