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St. Philip's Church

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Address: 142 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401-2898
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+1 843-722-7734
08:30 - 16:30
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A Beautiful Example of a Pre-Revolutionary War Church

The steeple of this beautiful and well-maintained Episcopal Church can be seen from most parts of Charleston. Built before the Revolutionary War, it is a perfect example of church... read more

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The steeple of this beautiful and well-maintained Episcopal Church can be seen from most parts of Charleston. Built before the Revolutionary War, it is a perfect example of church architecture from that period. The graveyard that surrounds the church is like a history book waiting to tell its story. If I remember correctly, it has two parishioners who signed the... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took bike taxi by. Did not go in. Should have. Beautiful, grand historic church with historic graveyard. At least do a drive-by! Worth it!

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Williamsburg, VA
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Walking around downtown Charleston, SC, we meandered into the open doors of this beautiful, historic church. Lovely to see, but we really enjoyed the warm hospitable conversation with volunteers from the church who welcomed us & shared some of the history ( one of the oldest in Charleston?) What a delight!!

New Jersey
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

Beautiful church in the center of the historic district. This is a great spot to visit. One of the many beautiful and interesting churches you can visit while you are in town.

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Evanston, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Big old church. Walked the grounds which is interesting cemetery and then walked in. Had two people there to give history, etc if you wanted. It is not an elaborate church but a very majestic place. Nice to see quickly

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Surfside Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

This is a beautiful church inside and out. The cemetery is very old and is the burial site of Charles Pinckney (signer of the constitution and 8th Governor of South Carolina) and Thomas Pinckney (7th Governor of South Carolina).

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This Anglican Church was established in 1680 in the Carolinas, and has a rather rare painting in it's Narthex,depicting Mary and Joseph with their offering of two turtledoves, as Simon holds the baby Jesus, having begged the Lord not to take him, until he had seen the promised Messiah.

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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Very fine colonial church. Great organ. Well maintained. Interesting 'friends' (born in Charleston) and separate 'strangers' cemeteries (not born in Charleston-- where Calhoun is buried. Well worth a stop--check opening times during the week.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

very nice Church at the foot of Church Street. Mid 19th century church exhibits original furnishing, bright interior. We were told that it is not often open to the public but well worth the time to visit when it is

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Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

St. Philip's was the first congregation south of Virginia before you got to Catholic Spanish Florida. It was founded 1680. The present church edifice dates to 1838 and was known as the Lighthouse Church. There was a light up in the tall steeple to guide ships to port. St. Philip's functions as the Lighthouse for spiritual leadership and a sense... More 

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