Gloria Dei (Old Swedes'
143 S. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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.