Church and Graveyard
2.0 hours (approx.)
Charleston Church and Graveyard
Dubbed the “Holy City,” Charleston has the greatest concentration of churches in Northern America. Some of these church buildings have existed since the 1600s. When you’re taking Charleston, SC walking tours on your own, it’s not difficult to spot these churches. Most of them have distinct spires, a design inspired by the early colonizers. Charleston has always had a reputation for open-mindedness and religious diversity. Almost every Christian denomination in the country established a church here, and by the late 18th century, the city had the largest Jewish population in America.
This multi-faith southern city is home to a whole range of outstanding churches that are architectural highlights as well as places of worship. Their structural design and interior decoration feature a wide range of styles from strictly traditional to modern minimalist, giving Charleston a quite unique visual aesthetic. In addition, we provide an overview of the history of organized religion in the Low-country and of each church visited. When allowable, we will visit neighboring graveyards as well.
AOL Travel website recommends that seeing Charleston's churches is a "Top 10 Thing To Do". We agree and suggest that you take our Heavenly Charleston Walking Tour to see our city's living history. Visit St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Charleston's oldest church building, the beautiful St. John's Lutheran Church, and the centrally located St. Philips' Episcopal Church. Wander through the lush graveyard of the oldest Unitarian Church in the South. Pause by grave-sites of signers of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. See Charleston's oldest graveyards and Circular Congregational Church.
Guests of the tour will stroll through Charleston’s history and explore six of her historic churches. The tour goes into several of the more prominent churches in Charleston, including some not regularly open for tours. The tour covers topics ranging from the symbols on gravestones to the reconciliation of religion and slavery. It blends history with incredible beauty and is one of the most memorable ways to learn and appreciate Charleston's rich past.
The tour last approximately 2.0 hours and meets at St. Michael's Episcopal Church at 71 Broad Street. Just look for the tall white spire.
Unique and Uplifting Tour
Why we're called the Holy City!
History of Circular Church
St. Michael's Church
71 Broad Street
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Please note gratuity is not included in the tour price. Our guides appreciate gratuities or TIPS where earned.
The Heavenly Charleston tour is a walking tour of approx. 1.0 mile. Please consider this if you have health issue that make walking longer distances problematic.