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Gloria Dei (Old Swedes' Church)

Gloria Dei (Old Swedes' Church) - BEST Places to Picnic

143 S. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Visitor Information
(800) 537-7676
Park Headquarters
(215) 597-8787

WELCOME to Gloria Dei (Old Swedes' Church)

Before William Penn, the Swedes were here, building log homes and a brick church, GLORIA DEI. Imagine the transformation - town becomes city - 13 colonies become a nation - Swedish Lutheran church becomes Episcopalian. 

Re-discover Patriots and ordinary citizens buried in the cemetery. Enter Pennsylvania's oldest church and feel 300 years of history welcoming you.

Gloria Dei Designation

Gloria Dei Church was designated as a National Historical Site in 1942, six years before Independence Hall. The Gloria Dei congregation owns and maintains the church and the related buildings, its ministry and the grounds. 

The National Park Service has provided the church with additional land to create an appropriate setting against the encroaching urban environment.

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