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Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site

  • Also Known As: Old Swedes' Church

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Enter Pennsylvania's oldest church

Before Pennsylvania there was New Sweden. Discover this last historic link to a forgotten past. Visit the church's pastoral surroundings and its burial ground of patriots and ordinary citizens alike. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1698/00/00 Gloria Dei Church is built between 1698 and 1700
1850/10/13 Jenny Lind Performer Jenny Lind attends services and sings "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth" from the organ loft of Gloria Dei Church Messiah Jenny Lind's American Tour, 1850 to 1852
1864/00/00 Parish Hall is constructed for use of the Sunday School programs

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Particulars for Gloria Dei Church National Historic Site:
Architectural Style American Colonial
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Criteria Consideration Commemorative property
Cultural Affiliation European American
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Area of Significance Religion
Historic Use Religious Property
Cultural Affiliation Swedish American

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000682
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Colonial
Nominator Name: National Historic Site
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: European, Architecture, Religion
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Commemorative property, Religious property
Period of Significance: 1650-1699, 1700-1749
Significant Year: 1677, 1698, 1700
Historic Function: Religion
Historic Sub-Function: Religious structure
Current Function: Religion
Current Sub-Function: Religious structure

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