This week’s photo is a lithograph print of Christ Church, known to all as Old North Church, when it was first built in 1723. Today, the building brings many tourists to the area, as it is the oldest surviving church in the city and has quite a bit of U.S. history associated with it!
Old North Church’s original steeple, shown above, was actually blown down during a storm 1804. Reconstruction followed, yet again in 1954, the steeple came down in a hurricane. A photo of the second steeple is shown below.
Today’s steeple incorporates elements from both of the designs.
Additionally, the building’s basement has an estimated 1,100 bodies buried in a total of 37 tombs. Several notable figures have been buried there, including the Founding Rector Timothy Cutler, British Marine Major John Pitcairn, and Captain Samuel Nicholson of the USS Constitution.
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