St. Michael's Church

St. Michael's Church, Charleston

St. Michael's Church
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Charleston's oldest church has been tolling its bells on the hour since 1764. Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN1,197 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Not only a beautiful church especially the exterior but also of great historical significance. Oldest surviving church in South Carolina. George Washington sat in pew 43 when visiting Charleston. Robert E Lee and Princess Diana also worshiped here. Adjacent graveyard is the final resting place of former South Carolina governor John Rutledge and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, both signers of US Constitution.
Written December 9, 2021
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Hunter H
9 contributions
Dec 2021
Was lovely to attend during Christmas and see this oldest historical church in Charleston. Loved it.
Written December 8, 2021
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Sharon B
Palm Harbor, FL124 contributions
Oct 2021
This white church had beautiful stained-glass windows and a huge organ. Was opened to the public during the day.
Written October 15, 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL7,431 contributions
Sep 2021
St. Michael's Episcopal Church is a National Historic Landmark and the oldest surviving religious structure in Charleston, South Carolina. Located at 71 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, at Broad and Meeting streets on one of the Four Corners of Law, it was built between 1751 and 1761 on the site of a wooden church that dated to 1681. Although the architect's name is unknown, the type of architecture follows the tradition of Sir Christoper Wren that was generally used during the Colonial period and up to the Gothic revival in 1841. The altar is close to the congregation in a shallow recess with the choir and organ in the rear. A gallery on three sides brings more people closer to the center of worship. The pulpit is the original, remarkable for its size and supported by two Corinthian columns. The Victorian altar dates to 1892. Two stained glass windows in the north aisle were presented to the church in 1897 and 1908. The church houses a clock and change ringing bells dating to Colonial times. It is thought to be the oldest functioning Colonial tower clock in the country. The bells were cast in 1764 and recast in 1866. George Washington and Robert E. Lee worshipped in the church. Two signers of the U.S. Constitution, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and John Rutledge, are buried in the adjacent Churchyard. St. Michael's was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.
Written September 14, 2021
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Holly H
5 contributions
Sep 2021
we were lucky enough to visit when St Michael's church was open and we could go inside and look around. It is absolutely gorgeous. The interior was amazing. We also saw pew 43, where George Washington sat in 1791 (also called the president's pew) I took some pictures and all who see them want to see this marvelous church.
Written September 4, 2021
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In50by50
New Berlin, WI499 contributions
Jul 2021
Just stop in in to see this classic (sorry neo-classic) Episcopal church. A beautiful sanctuary, huge lectern and sun catching stained glass. Walk through the old (and new) cemetery on your way.
Written August 1, 2021
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Amy39094
Tonganoxie, KS78 contributions
Jul 2021
We just visited outside. It was a great photo opp. I would suggest going in if you have time. We visited at night and during the day.
Written July 28, 2021
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Vacation
20 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
It’s pretty cool place to visit and to sit in the same pew box (#43) as George Washington and Robert E. Lee. In the graveyard are buried two signers of the US Constitution - Pinckney and Rutledge, plus other prominent residents of Charleston.
Written July 5, 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,642 contributions
Jun 2021
I visited Saint Michael's Church during my visit to Charleston in June 2021. From the outside, the church towers over the surrounding buildings. Inside, the altar, pews and stained glass are all nice to look at. There are photo ops both inside and outside.
Written June 28, 2021
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Robert44
The Woodlands, TX355 contributions
Jun 2021
The church and its grave yard are very interesting. George Washington, Robert E Lee and Lady Di all worshipped here once. I love the look of the historic pews with doors. Two signers of the constitution are buried here as well as a distant relative of mine.
Written June 24, 2021
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St. Michael's Church is open:
  • Sun - Sun 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Sun - Sun 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Sun - Sun 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Mon - Thu 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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