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Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Columbia, SC
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Ranked #14 of 52 Attractions in Columbia
Type: Religious Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A cathedral modeled after the York Minster in England.
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

can get married in the chapel if church is too large - columbias answer to Duke Chapel in Durham - nice aesthetic for the city - fun going back into time

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Columbia, South Carolina
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325 reviews 325 reviews
198 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The highlight feature of the cathedral graveyard is, and always will be, the historic grave markers. There are other things to admire there, however, and the thing that impresses me most is the enormous tree in the northwest corner of the graveyard. Planted in 1814 near the site of the original church, this battered old live oak has hit the... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This beautiful Cathedral is modeled after Britain's York Cathedral. The stained glass windows are outstanding. One is from Munich, Germany and several are Tiffany. Stop in the Cathedral's Bookstore and shop for unique items. The Cathedral's volunteers are helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Ask for a tour of the Cathedral to learn its history. If you have time, spend some time... More

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Would have probably been something if it was open, otherwise just give it a drive by. The one plus was it is right across the street from the capital, so if not open you will not waste much time.

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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Last October I was walking around the Cathedral with my dog taking pictures for a Grad class, and was invited back the following weekend for the Blessing the Animals service. I didn’t go but I remembered how welcoming the parishioners were. This past Sunday I went to help my boyfriend pick up his rescued Bloodhound and we were our dogs... More

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Florence, South Carolina, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

I could not enter the church itself because they were having a wedding and I wouldn't want to crash it. We walked around the grounds and read the headstones. So interesting even my two teenage children enjoyed the visit.

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Burlington, Vermont
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We stopped here to look at the windows, but got an added treat. A former rector of the church offered to show us around & give us the history of the building & the windows. We also got to hear the organ played as there were some students from USC who were there for a lesson.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

When we travelled there the church was actually closed, but the building was beautiful from the outside as well. It is located next to the State House, so you can visit both of them if you get there. A short, but recommended attraction in Columbia!

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Columbia, South Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Gorgeous cathedral. Music programs are very good. Adjacent cemetery is fascinating. Parking is plentiful.

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Columbia, South Carolina
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

One of the first churches built in Columbia, the Trinity Epscopal Cathedral is a unique historic as well as worship centered facility.

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