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“Beautiful Campus”
Review of The Citadel

The Citadel
Ranked #16 of 258 things to do in Charleston
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Owner description: A historic military college best known for its Moorish-inspired architecture.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We drove around the grounds and were impressed by the beauty of the buildings. We could only imagine what the campus would be if classes were in session. It is definitely well worth going to.

Thank Carol B
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

We visited the Citadel when school was out of session. A recent graduate from two or three years ago walked us around the campus. His narrative made all the difference in the world. We got the story on how class rings from deceased graduates are melted and reformed into new graduate rings. The knob row and sidewalk sniper point were interesting. The dents in the wood chapel door from banging new rings flat is not something you would notice or understand without a guide. The graduation on the parade grounds is wonderful to hear described. The cadets view of the Friday parade is very different from the tourists point of view. The cadets hate the heavy formal wear in the heat on Friday afternoon, but they keep that inside and present themselves wonderfully. We heard many more stories with each building we passed including the 1960's or 70's story of the tank being hot wired and ridden into town. The story of the cue ball shot out of the cannon and the mark on the building at the other end is amusing.

If you visit the campus, take the time to look up the museum hours. The museum is physically located inside the library on the main square next to the parade grounds. The museum is a quick 30 minute visit, but it helps give color to the history and traditions. On the first floor of the library, go into the rooms on the left and right at the front of the building. Large historical murals, display cases and pictures fill the walls. They really help understand what the Citadel is all about.

If you visit this place on your own without some kind of tour, guide or graduate, then you probably will leave with a three star opinion. The stories make the difference. During the summer, there are no guards at the gate. You just drive in, park and walk the campus. During school season, you will be stopped at the gate. You're still free to enter, but ask where to park and where you should not go.

A fun fact of our visit, cadets are not allowed to ride elevators. They must walk wherever they go including up stairs. As a graduate, we all took the elevator up to the museum. He said he felt weird because it was his first ever elevator ride on campus.

Thank CraftBeers
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Visited with a local guide on our tour bus......very interesting. Especially as her husband had studied here.
Had some time to take photos and have a stroll .

1  Thank SUNTAN47
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

Seeing the checkerboard squares in person was worth the ride over here from downtown. Interesting and historic place.

Thank Gene M
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Visit was mostly for family activities, thus very limited "tourist" activities. Charleston is one of my favorite places to visit. Great food, lots of history to explore. A very busy Town, especially in spring and summer.

Thank tomonts
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