Copley Square is a large open public plaza in Boston with a lovely, laid-back atmosphere. There’s a mixture of lawned and paved areas and they’re surrounded by notable buildings. The big highlight here is the attractive Trinity Church (pictured above) which was completed in 1877 and the church sits right next to the modern, gleaming John Hancock Tower. When you stand in the square, the tower acts like a huge mirror, reflecting images of the church.
Also in Copley Square, you’ll find the very grand Boston Public Library which was completed in 1895 and looks like a sort of “cathedral for books”. Nearby you’ll also find the huge Copley Place shopping mall which is great for a rainy day.
Trinity Church has played host to many large events over the years due to its central location and size. It offers guided and self-guided tours Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and on Sundays from 1pm to 6pm. The guided tours run at variable times and you can see the latest tour time list here. Alternatively, call the church on +1 617 536 0944 to confirm times. Another building on Copley Square of note is the Old South Church completed in 1875 with it’s huge tower. Copley Square is also the finish line for the Boston Marathon which is why you’ll find the “Tortoise and the Hare” sculpture here. The artist, Nancy Schon, wanted to have something that would appeal to children as well as be significant for the race.
For a great view of Copley Square and the rest of down town Boston, head up to the viewing area at the Prudential Tower, accessed through Copley Place Shopping Centre. Make sure you go on a clear day though! Adult admission is $17 (2016 prices).
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
Copley Square is on Boyleston Street at the junction with Clarendon Street. The nearest T station is “Copley” which is underneath the library building.
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Copley Square – Wikipedia
Trinity Church – Official website
Old South Church – Official website
Pudential Centre Skywalk – Official website
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