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“I Like Mike!”

St. Michael's Church
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$28.00*
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A Short History of Charleston Walking Tour
Ranked #12 of 252 things to do in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Charleston's oldest church has been tolling its bells on the hour since 1764. Dynamic Downtown Worship in the Anglican Tradition
Reviewed November 28, 2011

"I Like Mike," the name of St. Michael's newcomers group, and pretty says how I feel about this splendid church, whose steeple along with St. Philip's up the street, has been part of Charleston's history and skyline (The Holy City) since 1680 and the oldest religious edifice in town. This structure opened in 1761 after the usual smaller churches were replaced for burned down. Named after the Archangel Michael who stands guard over the main altar ready to slay any latter-day snakes or dragons (j1893)...the glass is thanks to Tiffany and his fine craftsmen. Have you ever seen such a pellucid blue sky? I attended a service here a few years ago and it's a bit of crunch to kneel in the boxes. Guess 18th century Charlestonians were a lot smaller . The church is maintained with great care. See the pulpit which is carved so finely and so dramatic apparently because sermons were the focus at the time rather than the altar. A shell hit the church during the Civil War and there's some scars near the pulpit. View the steeple from out front or down the street. Architect unknown but resembles Sir Christopher Wren's St. Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square and similar timeline.

George Washington and General Robert E. Lee both worshipped here. The list reads like a Who's Who of colonial and ante-bellum America.

The cemetery includes some of South Carolina's finest sons and daughters Charles Pinckney and John Rutledge, two signers of the U. S. Constitution. Pinkney became a candidate for the Presidency and Rutledge was Chief Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court.

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Reviewed November 27, 2011

If the front doors are open, take a walk inside. Magnificent wood work and stained glass.

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Reviewed November 16, 2011

This is where George Washington worshipped. The bells are a wonderful story. The cemetary is something to see also, just watch out for mosquitos.

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Reviewed October 28, 2011

Beautiful Church .. keep intact ... the interior is Great... the Pipe Organ sounds magnificant ... a Must see...

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Reviewed December 14, 2010

This church is beautiful and features gorgeous stained glass. I would definitely recommend you visit this one and make sure to bring your camera.

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