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"King's Chapel & Burying Ground" King's Chapel Tip by Jefie

King's Chapel, Boston: 16 reviews and 46 photos

  Old Puritan headstone at King's Chapel
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  • Old Puritan headstone at King's Chapel - Boston
      Old Puritan headstone at King's Chapel
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  • Elizabeth Pain's headstone - Boston
      Elizabeth Pain's headstone
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  • Death and the Angel - Boston
      Death and the Angel
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  • King's Chapel in Boston - Boston
      King's Chapel in Boston
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  • Inside King's Chapel - Boston
      Inside King's Chapel
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Adjacent to King's Chapel, this burying ground is the oldest in the city and as such it is an important part of Boston's history. A little map at the entrance of the cemetery will help you locate some of its most famous "residents", such as Elizabeth Pain, the woman who is thought to have been the inspiration for the character of Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter". Also of interest are the Puritan headstones depicting death in a rather gruesome way...

For a small donation, it is also possible to go on a self-guided tour of King's Chapel (Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm). King's Chapel was completed in 1754, and the pews are still the church's original pews. Also, the wooden pulpit at the front of the church was built in 1717 for an earlier chapel that stood on the same site, which makes it the oldest pulpit in the US still in use on its original site.

Directions: Corner of School and Tremont Streets
Phone: 617-523-1749

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 1, 2008
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