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St. Michael's Episcopal Church

Meeting and Broad, Charleston, SC (Charlestowne)
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Ranked #35 of 158 activities in Charleston
Type: Religious Sites, Cemeteries
Description: Charleston's oldest church has been tolling its bells on the hour since 1764.
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Quinlan, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We visited this church while on a Free Tours by Foot architectural walking tour. It wasn't as fancy as some of the cathedrals we've visited on other vacations but it had gorgeous woodwork and the pews had doors on them which were pretty cool. Our tour guide explained how families used to rent their pews so they were set up... More

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Riverside, California
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107 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We came to see where Washington, Lee and many other notables worshiped. The church is spectacular. I was really impressed with the wood and stained glass. They say that not much has changed, and if it hasn't they have done an excellent job of maintaining history. The adjacent cemetery is also interesting.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

This church is so beautiful with the woodwork in it (cedar) and the stained glass panels that depict "Easter Morning" and "The Annunciation". George Washington and Robert E. Lee both worshipped in this church during their times in Charleston (Charles Town). It leaves you in awe!

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Chicago, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We walked through the cemetery first remarking on some of the sad epitaphs on the gravestones; many unreadable due to age and wear. It is a lovely and calming place of meditation and appreciation for old world life in the south. Inside, the church was lovely with plenty of historical information available. Very interesting construction.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The church, grounds, and graveyard are very beautiful and serene. We were able to take pictures inside the church, which surprised me. Wish we had been available to come to Sunday service.

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Grand Rapids, MI
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

We were not able to attend church in the morning so I looked for churches that had an evening service. St. Michael's offered a low-key, casual and lovely service, with beautiful guitar and piano music, a thoughtful sermon, and an obviously faithful, dedicated community. Thank you, St. Michael's, for opening your doors to tourists who need and want to worship... More

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Hickman, CA
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30 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Wow, what a gorgeous and welcoming church! We stopped in for a visit on an historic walking tour and got to sit in pew 43 where George Washington prayed for his troops. Don't miss the cemetery out back!

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Cookeville, Tennessee
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66 attraction reviews
336 helpful votes 336 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

We were doing a self-guided walking tour along Broad Street in Charleston, when we happened upon St. Michael's Episcopal Churchyard. The gate was open, so we entered and immediately a serene calm compelled us to be very quiet as we walked the narrow paths between the graves and family plots. Many of the founding fathers were interred here, including the... More

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Henderson, North Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
38 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

One of many places not to miss.This is jammed packed with so much history. I loved the cedar box pews there. You will want to make a stop here and appreciate the beauty of the exterior and interior.

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Orlando, Florida
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152 reviews 152 reviews
105 attraction reviews
427 helpful votes 427 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

On Good Friday, understandably I couldn't tour the church, but an usher informed me of a virtual tour at StMichaelsChurch.net. Located at 71 Broad Street (843/723-0603), it's close to Nathaniel Russell House, where the usher suggested I visit. I wasn't dressed appropriately, thus I did not stay for services, but I toured the grounds. On my next Charleston visit, St.... More

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