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Circular Congregational Church

An architectural wonder!

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The Circular Congregational Church is definitely worth a visit for both architectural and history buffs. The original Charles Town settlers founded this dissenting protestant church around 1681. When the congregation moved to Charleston the first meeting house gave Meeting Street its name.

The church graveyard is one of the oldest in the south, and many monuments and stones date from the late 1600’s.

In 1804 Robert Mills, designer of the Washington Monument in Washington D.C., designed the original Pantheon –type building. After a great fire in Charleston the present Circular Church began erecting a new sanctuary in 1890. The Romanesque style of the present church is shaped like a cloverleaf with three semi-circular parts and one rectangle. With its massing broad roof plane, short tower, exceptional arched entry and varied sized windows, it remains one of the most interesting sanctuaries in Charleston.

Make sure you check out the beautiful tracker organ built in Boston in 1890. The grounds are relaxing with Spanish Moss dripping from trees and a lovely little Greek Temple on the grounds.

Check out the website or call ahead to find out about the musical performances on Wednesday evenings. The program varies and admittance is free.


At A Glance

Address:
150 Meeting Street
Charleston South Carolina 29401
Phone:
843-577-6400
Price:
n/a

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