St. Saviour's Church :

St. Saviour's Church :, Bar Harbor

St. Saviour's Church :
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
About
St. Saviour is an historic Episcopal church. The oldest part of the church was begun in 1876; later parts were added through 1901, including the renowned collection of stained glass windows by Tiffany and others. The parish is still active today, and we invite you to visit for a tour, for worship, or just for a moment of quiet respite in your day. During the tourist season (June - October), the church is open daily from about 8:30 - 4:30 for self-guided tours. Guided tours Sunday 11:15 (after the 10:00 Eucharist) and other times by appointment. The Church office (next door) is open as posted in the "hours" section. May God continue to bless you!
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egwanderlust
Hampton, NH867 contributions
Beautiful Stained Glass
Oct 2020
I am in no way religious but I appreciate stained glass and architecture. This old church is beautiful from the outside and filled with history. Some of the stained glass windows located within this church are genuine Tiffany.

Due to the pandemic the building was closed and although the grounds are beautiful I would have loved to view the windows from within the church. Maybe next time.
Written October 29, 2020
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JNYCwriter
New York City, NY6,794 contributions
Notable Old Church
Aug 2020 • Friends
I always enjoy older architectural structures while visiting a location. Bar Harbor offers St. Saviour’s church where you will find a wooden structure built in the 1800s. In New England you find many white churches, but this one is natural wood.
Written August 16, 2020
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srendoherty
Key West, FL14 contributions
Clavichord concert
Oct 2019
I’d never heard this instrument, but the musical friends of the church sponsored this concert one evening. It was lovely. We also toured the church to see the Tiffany stained glass windows. Quite an unexpected gem
Written October 24, 2019
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Thanks for the review, srendoherty, and I'm glad you enjoyed the recital! Come back any time!
Written October 28, 2019
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Billmcse
Georgia173 contributions
Beautiful
Oct 2019
Incredible stain glass windows made mainly by Tiffany. The church is old but beautiful.
Worth a visit.
Written October 20, 2019
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Thanks for your review, Billmcse. I also like to think of myself as "old but beautiful"! I hope the rest of your journey was worthwhile.
Written October 28, 2019
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V3606LDsharons
San Antonio, TX42 contributions
Beautiful Stained Glass Windows
Sep 2019
Make sure you walk the whole place. The back part of the church has a beautiful arched walkway. The side chapel is a quiet place to sit and absorb the beauty of the religious items and get in touch with the spirit of the place. The architecture is amazing and the stained glass everywhere!!!!
Written October 17, 2019
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Thanks for your review, V3606LDsharons. I'm glad you found some of the less obvious attractions of our church, and that you had the time for some quiet reflection. May God continue to bless you.
Written October 28, 2019
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Cynthia Miller
22 contributions
Time to reflect
Oct 2019
You don't often find churches that open their doors to everyone all day long. You can walk in at your leisure and tour on your own, or take a guided tour. The stained glass windows were just beautiful. This is something you could do on a rainy day.
Written October 17, 2019
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Thanks for the review, returntrips. Especially in a place as full of busy-ness as Bar Harbor in the fall, we consider it a part of our ministry to open our church for folks to find some time for quiet reflection. Come back any time, and may God continue to bless you.
Written October 28, 2019
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,650 contributions
Historic church has 12 Tiffany windows
Sep 2019
The first thing I noticed upon entering this historic church was its dark interior and the many wooden beams supporting the steep angled high roof. Since the side walls were not high, the whole effect was like being in an upside down ship with the ribbing overhead. The small triangular shape of the 12 Tiffany windows which I had come to see were also different from what I had expected. There were 6 on each side wall parallel to the main aisle. One large religious figure dominated each scene with colorful borders around each. Traditional colors like blues, reds, golds, with touches of green were used to paint these designs although the effect was like seeing stained glass windows. The round rose window and the elongated pine cone window at the entrance door and the Easter Lily window were beautifully done.

While the church has had additions since it was first built as a summer church in the late 1800s, it seems to have retained its dark wood benches for the congregation and the dark plank wood floors. Just at the entrance was a beautifully carved table with church literature on it. Outside on church property was an old cemetery, its raised tombstones adding another historical touch.

This church is located on Mt. Desert Street, opposite the Abbe Museum and 1 block from the Village Green park, about a 10 minute walk from the Harbor where cruise ship tenders dock. The church windows which were listed as an attraction in my guidebook were an opportunity to see many examples of Tiffany glass windows. I appreciated seeing the open doors to the church on my Thursday afternoon visit.
Written October 12, 2019
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Thanks for your thoughtful review, retireeVancouver. I hope that the rest of your cruise was wonderful.
Written October 28, 2019
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Mr_Terbillion
Elgin176 contributions
Step back in time
Oct 2019
It is well worth a few minutes of your time to visit the adjacent Burying Ground and stroll through the church to look at the exquisite, traditional stained glass windows.
Written October 10, 2019
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Thanks, Mr_Terbillion. I hope that the rest of your trip was worthwhile.
Written October 28, 2019
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson16,664 contributions
Amazing American Shingle style architecture!
Sep 2019
What an exceptional church! This truly was a highlight of our walk-about in Bar Harbor. We never met a piece of history that we didn't love (and this was one lovely hunk and a half). It's no easy accomplishment to be named to the National Register of Historic Place but this treasure was, in 1995.

There had been a lengthy period of construction (1877-1938) as needs for a larger church grew. The imposing tower on top of the church was a later addition; it is hard to pass this by and not feel the need to stop and admire it. Oh, and the windows! Many were Tiffany Studio creations (1886-1907) but there are also other windows created by American and European masters.

This is a church that attends to the needs of the community. There is a food chest for donations and this really goes to the soul of the church. It impressed us with how kind and charitable and Christian their mission is.

There is a "Burying Ground" (established in 1790) next to the church and, on its other side, is another church. Although not technically part of St. Saviour's Church, it's proximity is one more reminder that Bar Harbor has a lot of history here.
Written October 3, 2019
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Thank you for the lovely review, On-the-go! I’m glad you had a good visit. May God continue to bless you!
Written October 4, 2019
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Margaret1917
Devizes, UK341 contributions
A lovely Sunday service
Sep 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed joining the congregation for worship here. We were warmly welcomed. The music and choir are good and the sermon was very helpful - a challenge with the tough Gospel reading! It is a lovely church with its famous windows.
Written October 3, 2019
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I’m so glad to hear you had a good visit with us, Margaret. I pray that the rest of your journey was wonderful!
Written October 4, 2019
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  • Sun - Sun 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Mon - Tue 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Fri - Fri 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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