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Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“Gloria Dei” Church

National Historic Site

 
 
Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 1, 2009
1. Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site Marker
Inscription. Here in 1677, Swedish settlers founded the first Christian church within what is now Philadelphia. Religious services were originally held in a log blockhouse. The present edifice, was erected in 1698-1703 and dedicated on June 2, 1700. In 1845 the congregation was received into the convention of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. On November 17, 1942 this site was designated as a national historic shrine commemorating the cultural and religious aspects of Swedish colonization in America.
 
Erected 1950 by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 56.074′ N, 75° 8.613′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Touch for map. Marker is along the north facade of the church, with entrance off Christian Street between Columbus Boulevard and Interstate 95. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19147, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Gloria Dei Church (here, next to this marker); Catherine Hanson (here, next to this marker); Old Swedes' Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Avenue Immigration Station
Gloria Dei Church National Historical Site Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 1, 2009
2. Gloria Dei Church National Historical Site Marker
Partially hidden on church wall at right side of photo. The nearby Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission blue and gold marker is just beyond the extreme left edge of photo.
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Grand Battery (about 700 feet away); Shot Tower (about 800 feet away); Stephen Decatur (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert Smith (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Old Swedes' Episcopal Church. (Submitted on August 20, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Gloria Dei (Old Swedes Church). National Parks Service Website (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Colonial EraNotable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 694 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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