Tourists pack the pews of Harlem's churches

“The service was beautiful and uplifting,” writes a British tourist rating the experience at five stars. Her 16-year-old son commented if all churches were like that, "more people would go." Maybe that explains the long lines around the block.

BY: Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

 

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stars, noting that her 16-year-old son even commented that if all churches were like that “more people would go.” Thinking her family would be bored, she said she was more than a little surprised when they joined the congregation in singing and clapping.

  From the Harlem Spirituals website

“WOW!!” writes Lina N. about the All New York Tours experience: ”from the second we walked into the church I was moved to tears! The choir was simply magnificent and engaging.”

“This was, without a doubt, one of the BEST things, if not THE best thing, I have ever experienced in my life,” wrote Jasmine B. on the Viator visitors’ feedback site: “Whether you are religious or not, or even slightly interested in Gospel, this will just blow your mind. I was mesmerized!!! Can’t wait to go back to the States; I will be spending more time in Harlem. It was just awesome. Everyone must experience this; it’s a great moment.”

Tourists come to hear real Gospel music (Photo by HS NYV Tours)

Writing in a personal blog, a British Columbia university student who didn’t quite understand that evangelical churches don’t celebrate mass wrote: “The churches in Harlem take Sunday mass very seriously, so plan ahead if you want to attend a service. I have been to two gospel services and have been absolutely blown away both times. Call ahead

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