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The Christian Science Mother Church, Boston: an American take on Christianity

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Located in the heart of the Christian Science Plaza in Boston, The Christian Science Mother Church was founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879, and is the world headquarters for The Church of Christ, Scientist.  Built in the Romanesque style, the church was originally built to seat 1000 people. With gaining popularity, the current structure provides seating for approximately 3000. Tours of The Christian Science Mother Church are free and last for about half an hour. To appeal to a wider audience, the tours are at times given in German, Dutch and French.

A visit to The Christian Science Mother Church, Boston does not have to be about religion. It’s worth a visit for being such an amazing historical destination. Once you enter The Christian Science Mother Church through the large glass domed doors, be prepared to be mesmerized by the incredible frescoes, the numerous stained glass windows depicting biblical stories, and of course, the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ with its staggering 13,290 pipes. The large domed Church Extension is a must see example of both renaissance and Byzantine architectural concepts.

The Mapparium is another unique part of The Christian Science Mother Church, Boston. Go back to the world of 1935 as you stand on a glass bridge and gaze in awe as you are enveloped by this enormous 3-storey high globe. Do remember that photography is prohibited in this area.

While you may not agree with their religious beliefs, The Christian Science Mother Church, Boston is still worth a visit. If you think you’ve had enough of history and religion inside, take a stroll around the grounds of The Christian Science Plaza with its gorgeous reflecting pools and seating areas. The great jet fountain is a favorite with the kids who can be seen running around here at all times. The immaculately maintained grounds are one of the best outdoor spaces in Boston. Spend half a day at The Christian Science Mother Church, and go back feeling rejuvenated.

Information

Address/Map:  250 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 450-2000
Website: The Christian Science Mother Church