Charleston Downtown Churches Tour, Charleston (Self Guided)

Charleston is also sometimes called the Holy City. That is because of the large number of churches in the city. The city has many outstanding and fascinating religious structures. Take the following walk to see the most popular churches in Downtown Charleston.
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Charleston Downtown Churches Tour Map

Guide Name: Charleston Downtown Churches Tour
Guide Location: USA » Charleston (See other walking tours in Charleston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Author: alice
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St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

1) St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church is a very beautiful church dating back to the year of 1836. It is an active church in the community. Besides its religious services, it organizes many other community and charity activities. It also has space for wedding receptions.
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St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church

2) St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church

St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church is very popular with locals as well as with tourists. It was founded in 1850 and is a beautiful Gothic structure with a magnificent interior. The church still has its old charm and is very active within the community.
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Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

3) Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was developed especially for people of color and is also known as “Mother Emanuel”. It is also the oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church in the entire world, built in 1891 in the Gothic Revival style.
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Citadel Square Baptist Church

4) Citadel Square Baptist Church

Citadel Square Baptist Church was the fourth Baptist church built in Charleston, South Carolina. The church began as an outgrowth of the First Baptist Church when, in 1854, a dozen members sought permission to establish a new church for the upper peninsula. The new church was to have been known as the Fourth Baptist Church but, when an existing Baptist church closed, leaving only three Baptist churches, the name was changed to Citadel Square Baptist Church. The name refers to the church's location on upper Meeting St., immediately across from Marion Square,which at the time was the location of the Citadel. The Charleston architectural firm Jones & Lee designed the building and construction of the church at 328 Meeting St. began in June 1855. The new building was opened on November 23, 1856. A hurricane in 1885 blew over the original steeple and a year later, the 1886 Charleston earthquake damaged the tower. The tower was repaired and a steeple designed by the Boston, Massachusetts architect Edward Silloway was installed. Following Hurricane Hugo, which blew the steeple off of the church, it was rebuilt at 210 feet, shorter than the steeple of St. Matthew's across Marion Square; the choice was to avoid a race for the tallest steeple. In April 1951, an educational building was added to the campus. The church was the first in Charleston to televise its services, doing so for more than 40 years until ending the practice in 1998. Seven churches have been created under the auspices of Citadel Square Baptist Church including the Emma Abbott Memorial Chapel.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

5) St. Matthew's Lutheran Church

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church is a very beautiful structure located on King Street in the city of Charleston. Through usage and custom the Church is now known as St. Matthew's German Evangelical Lutheran Church or St. Matthew's Lutheran Church and is a member of the South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. It represents a very active religious community and runs the Community Outreach Center that helps people in need. St. Matthew's Lutheran Church is one of the many important religious places for the locals. The structure of the building is most known for the height of its steeple at 255 feet which was the tallest building in South Carolina until the completion of the Tower at 1301 Gervais in 1973. It remains the tallest church steeple in the state.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Second Presbyterian Church

6) Second Presbyterian Church

The Second Presbyterian Church is considered to be the oldest Presbyterian structure in Charleston, it was built in 1809 by James and John Gordon. It is a very beautiful structure and is registered in the National Register of Historic Places. The church has been restored numerous times since it's foundation, but it still keeps its charm.
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New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church

7) New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church

The New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church is not only a beautiful sight and a religious place with regular services, it is also a place for various, interesting community and cultural activities like concerts, festivals and other events that are hosted here.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Charleston for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Charleston has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Charleston, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.