A One-Of-A-Kind Walking Tour
Charleston has been named “The Holy City” for her abundance of lovely, historic houses of worship. Charles Town enjoyed greater religious freedom than any British colony in North America; an impressive number of dissenting groups are represented on the small peninsula. Strong roots in religious freedom and the desire of congregants to create inspirational sanctuaries for worship have given Charleston remarkable churches, each with its own story of faith, destruction, and rebirth. Old churches you see today stand on the site of another, two, or even three previous structures that fell victim to man-made or natural disasters which have plagued Charleston throughout her history.
“Churches of the Holy City” focuses on Charleston’s religious liberty, telling the stories of groups of believers that emigrated to Charles Town to pursue that freedom: Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, French Huguenots, and Lutherans, to name a few. Nine of Charleston’s historic churches will be highlighted on this informative tour; learn of the architects and architectural styles that influenced their designs, the disasters that befell these religious structures, and hear of their survival and renewal. Admire intricate wrought ironwork and beautiful stained glass windows. Feel the peace of those at rest in the old graveyards.
I have painted many stained glass windows from the churches in Charleston, some of which we’ll see during the Churches of the Holy City walking tour. View my paintings here.
“Churches of the Holy City” is the only tour of its kind in Charleston. Interiors of 3-5 churches will be viewed upon availability; a $1 donation per person will be made to each church visited. Tour length is 2 – 2½ hours, with approximately 1 mile of walking. Tour begins and ends in Washington Park, located on the northeast corner of Broad and Meeting Streets. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to start time for check-in. Tour participants limited to 15 – Reservations required. Special group tours (maximum of 20) can be accommodated. Ticket price is $25.00 per adult and $15 for ages 8-18. (Not suitable for young children.)