The Old North Church
Boston, Massachusetts

Christ Church in the City of Boston is commonly called the Old North Church. It was in the steeple of this church that the church sexton, Robert Newman, held two lanterns to indicate that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea and not by land. "One if by land, and two if by sea" is from the poem "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Sign at the Old North Church Cornerstone at the Old North Church Window at the Old North Church Plaque of Christ Church, now the Old North Church

The inside of the church is lovely, though not overly large. Families had to rent the pews on the lower level and would decorate them, some lavishly. The most desirable pews were on the center aisle and would cost the most.

Inside the Old North Church Painting behind the altar Inside the Old North Church Organ pipes Chandelier in the sanctuary A pew in the Old North Church

There are plaques hanging for the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and the Apostle's Creed.

Plaque of The Lord's Prayer Plaque of the first 4 Commandments Plaque of the last 6 Commandments Plaque of the Apostles' Creed

There is a plaque listing the names of Rectors and Vicars from 1868 through the present. There are also numerous plaques commemorating notable figures from the days of the Revolution, many of whom are buried beneath the church. It is estimated that around 1,100 people are buried in the 37 tombs in the basement.

Plaque with the names of Rectors and Vicars Plaque to Major Pitcairn
Plaque to the British soldiers at Bunker Hill Plaque for Commodore Nicholson


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