St. Augustine RC Church from Ben Franklin Bridge Walkway

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Avagara on January 7, 2009

St. Augustine's church was built in the late 1840s after the original church was burned down during an anti-immigration riot (just a few blocks away from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell!) The city of Philadelphia paid for reconstruction after being taken to court for not providing protection from the rioters. The city argued unsuccessfully in court that the Catholic order of monks that owned the church could not recover because it was a foreign organization and that the friars couldn't recover because they had taken a vow of poverty.

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