St. Philip's Church
St. Philip's Church
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Lolly’s Look
New York City, NY15 031 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We took a waking tour of the city and were happy to stop at St Phillips and learn about its history. It is a landmark of the city and we had seen its steeple riding above all the other buildings during our stay. It wa sclosed when we visited but I would lobs to go back and attend Sunday mass.
Written 22 October 2020
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Pittsburgh, PA123 265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
St Phillips church was a very beautiful church in Charleston South Carolina. The church bells are beautiful. The church and surrounding cemetery were well worth a visit and to pay respects.
Written 15 April 2023
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Phillipa
Paia, HI8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Family
We do not recommend visiting this place. Parking is neither big nor well managed. The architecture is any place, average.
Written 4 April 2021
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Martina
Hahei, New Zealand12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
There was a ride guy in parking lot. He was busy in his cellular device. And arrogant rude. The lot was in complete chaos. This church looks good on photos.
Written 1 April 2021
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Big_bro_1_usa
Chicago, IL1 946 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
Pros: beautiful church with a massive steeple; George Washington went to church here along with St. Michael’s when he visited Charleston; interesting graveyards around it; interesting interior
Cons: none.
Written 11 April 2015
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Jake23
New Jersey6 843 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
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.
Written 23 February 2017
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Laura H
Charleston, SC16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Family
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 of community, drawing in a large congregation of vibrant, close knit members, with many young families' children singing in the choirs for different ages, and new people joining continually. Architecturally, it was known as the most elegant in the English colonies, and it is well maintained today by its thriving congregation. You will get a real taste of Charleston by being with the life blood of Old Historic Charleston at traditional service at 10:30, with a thought provoking sermon that could be the most memorable of your life. Adult Forum is at 9:15 with The Rev. Jeff Miller teaching on the corner of Cumberland and Church in the Parish Hall.
Written 4 January 2017
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Laura H
Charleston, SC16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
St. Philips Episcopal Church is the Mother Church of all churches South of Virginia until you reached the Spanish territory of Catholic Florida. It was rebuilt after a fire in 1835, but still is known as one of the most elegant churches in the original colonies. What is even more refreshing is how alive the congregation is. It looks like a museum, but was pretty full on Sunday for the 10:30 service. The sermon gives you sound teaching and intellectually stimulating and orthodox food for thought. The lessons are read with conviction. The music and choir are worthy of the architecture as if you were in England. The families are regulars who are friendly especially with each other. Better to put on your Sunday best if you bring it along. The men all wear coats and ties. It is an authentic slice of the Southern life of The Holy City of Charleston.
Written 20 May 2015
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WC-Travelers-75
West Chester, PA2 199 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
By itself not overly interesting and not a critical stop if not on a tour.....but a licensed guide spun out some good stories of the people and history of this church.

Holy Ghost sign was interesting
Written 23 May 2020
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Buckeye_boy_614
Bexley, OH136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
Religion has played a prominent part in the history of our country, and perhaps nowhere can this be more appreciated than at St. Philip’s in Charleston S.C. Established in 1681, St. Philip’s is the oldest European-American religious congregation in South Carolina.

In the 18th century, the church was where Charles Pinckney, a principal writer and signer of the Constitution, a US senator, governor, and minister to Spain worshiped. His grave can be found in the graveyard.

Also in the cemetery is the grave of founding father Christopher Gadsden who designed the famous Gadsden flag bearing the picture of a coiled snake and the words, “Don’t tread on me”.

Moving on to the 19th century, St. Philip’s was the church home of US senator, vice-president,Secretary of War, and Secretary of State, John C. Calhoun. Calhoun was instrumental in advancing the theory of states’ rights. When he died, he was buried in the portion of the cemetery behind the church. However, with the outbreak of the Civil War, his body was moved to the portion of the cemetery across the street from the church. Eventually, the state of South Carolina erected a huge monument at his gravesite extolling his numerous accomplishments.

More recently, the church has been involved in a case that went all the way to the US Supreme Court. St. Philip’s felt its commitment to the Bible required it to separate from The Episcopal Church due to what it stated were TEC’s more liberal positions.

So visit a place where history has been alive for over 300 years, St. Philip’s. The church office, just down the street has maps of the cemetery and a book on the history of the church.
Written 23 June 2018
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