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“Lenten Luncheon before Easter were a nice change”

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Ranked #26 of 171 things to do in Richmond
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N Chesterfield
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Lenten Luncheon before Easter were a nice change”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

Church provide Lenten Lunches certain days before easter. Try it next season

Visited April 2012
1 Thank rfp p
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Palmyra, Virginia
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“Beautiful stained glass windows from various artist”
Reviewed March 28, 2012

Visited beautiful downtown church near the state Capitol. Took self-guided tour. Brochure provided detailed information about each window and its history. Enjoyed noting the various types of windows and how they varied based on the studio where they were produced. Information also detailed how the Tiffany windows had changed with more detailed facial features in the newer windows. Would certainly have enjoyed a guided tour had it been available.

Visited March 2012
2 Thank Maril26
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“A Must see in Richmond”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

the staff were very helpful and welcoming, brouchure (free) describes the history of the church and all of the stained glass windows. take as many photgraphs as you wish, and sit in the seats used by Jefferson Davies and Robert Lee.

The tiffany stained glass windows are fantastic to anyone with a civil war interest, right next to State Capitol , and car parking is plentyful in the area, seems t be $9 for 2 hours, but if visiting state capitol you will need longer. but it is worth visiting hte 2 together, also the white house of confederecy is within walking distance and is another 2 hours time

Visited March 2012
3 Thank fozzie555
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Reviewed February 5, 2012

Love this church. Very pretty. Nice people. Easy to get to and parking isn't a problem.

2 Thank Lori F
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
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“Glorifies the Civil War - Jefferson Davis as St. Paul without acknowledging the evils of slavery”
Reviewed October 16, 2011

Beautiful historic church where both Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee worshiped. Sit in Pew 63 (they're marked) where on April 2, 1865 Jefferson Davis learned that Robert E. Lee could no longer defend Richmond.

There are incredible stained glass windows in this Church from Tiffany and others. Most of the windows have both religious and Civil War connotations. For example, the Robert E. Window depicts Moses Leaving the House of Pharaoh. This window (installed in 1892) refers to Lee's decision to refuse comman of the Union forces and to ally himself with the Confederacy. Another window (titled the Jefferson Davis window) is of Paul Before Herod Agrippa. This Tiffany window shows St. Paul imprisoned for two years by Herrod. This biblical event alludes to Conferederate president Jefferson Davis' own two year imprisonment after the Civil War, implying that Davis was a martyr like St. Paul. The tour guide provided by the Church even notes that "it is said that the figure of Paul in Davis's commemorative window resembles him."

Although this is beautiful church, I found it absolutely appalling that in all the glorification of the Civil War, the church never once recognized the horrors of slavery. Not to be too politically correct, but in all my touring of other historic sites in Richmond (see reviews of plantations, etc.), everywhere else addressed the evils of slavery and presented a more balanced outlook on this period. I find it ironic (or perhaps more tragic) that only a church would present such a one-sided view of this period of history, glorifying the Confederacy without acknowleding the shameful aspects of this period. The Episcopal Church should be ashamed of itself for its very one-sided depection of this period.

Visited October 2011
5 Thank CynthiafromOhio2011
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