St. Michael's Episcopal Church141 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: 71 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401, United States
- Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-8437230603
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Religious Site, Landmark, Historical Site, Family And Kids
This church is the oldest surviving religious structure in the city. it is situated in one of the 4 corners of the meeting streets that are known as “4 corners of law” and said to represent ecclesiastical law. This church has been listed in the register of National Historic Places as a National historic Landmark.
There was once in the later part of the 17th century a church known as St. Philip’s Church. This was a wooden building that got destroyed in a hurricane and was rebuilt a few miles away from the former spot as the new St. Philip’s church in the 18th century. After that came the orders of the Charleston Assembly to build this beautiful church dedicated to St. Michael and came up the structure that we see here at present.
The church has two remarkable features that also form the main attractions of it. These are the clock tower that is known to be the oldest and highest in the whole of North America and the second is the changing bell. The name is so given because of the fact that the ring changes with occasions. As you go inside you will find very simple designs and architectural patterns except a few classic frescoes and windows. The shape of the church is itself very beautiful and represents and era of class. Around the church is a beautiful lawn and garden with stone benches for visitors and also plantations of colorful flowers.
St. Michael's Episcopal Church Hours
- The church is again opened in the evening for an hour from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
- It is closed in the afternoon after 12:00 PM.
How to Reach St. Michael's Episcopal Church
- Bus numbers 210, 211, 213.
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St. Michael's Episcopal Church Reviews & Ratings
Whether you're ambling down Broad Street at Sunrise or Sunset or the heat of the day the St Michael's Church spire dominates the skyline and offers beauty and imagination to any visit to Charleston. Truly a visit is not complete without seeing it in different skies of color.
Beautiful, classic church in Charleston SC. Very historic building. Multiple presidents have worshipped here. Went as part of Downtown Charleston walking tour. Definitely worth going with a guide to get the history. But, just beautiful on own.
Beautiful historic church to see while on your walking tour of Charleston. George Washington visited here.
The cemetery adjacent to this historical gem was open to walkers on a Saturday morning. We were delighted to stroll through the charming narrow paths between the tombstones. You can read about the souls that rest there, dating back to the 1800's. Numerous infants and small children are buried and honored in this historical plot of St. Michael's church. Sobering look at Charleston's history. Don't forget to say a prayer for them if you visit!
Extremely interesting and educational experience. It was beautiful, in a morbid kind of way. The messages on the tombstones from their loved ones were very heartfelt and moving.