Charleston is home to some of the oldest Christian and Jewish congregations in the country. Join your guide, Evans Byrd as you explore the different faiths and their historic houses of worship, from the oldest Baptist Church in the nation founded in 1682, to the Congregation Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, home of the oldest continuous Jewish congregation in America.

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Points of Interest

This Holy City South Tour includes:

  • St. Mary’s of the Annunciation Roman Catholic Church
  • Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue*
  • Saint John’s Lutheran Church
  • First Scots Presbyterian Church
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
  • Saint Philips Episcopal Church
  • The French Huguenot Church
  • The Circular Congregational Church
  • Saint Michaels Episcopal Church
  • Gateway Walk
  • Unitarian Church

We also explore the graveyards which are the final resting places of people who played an integral role in American history including:

  • John Rutledge, signer of the United States Constitution
  • Edward Rutledge, signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • John C Calhoun, great statesman and former Vice President of the United States

What to Expect

This guided walking tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours and covers about 10 blocks, beginning in front of St Philip’s Church and concluding at The Circular Congregational Church on Meeting Street.  We will gladly walk guests back to the starting point or provide directions if needed.  It is at a very leisurely pace and there will be plenty of opportunities to rest.  Please note that it may not be possible to visit the insides of some of the houses of worship and some may not allow visitors because of individual hours of operation, special events, restrictions, time of the year, the presence of a preschool, etc. but generally, if the church is open, we will go inside.

*Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue charges $10 per person to enter.

Reviews

“Historical Church Tour – A must see and do! Evans was our tour guide for this walking tour of the churches of Charleston and he did not disappoint! Not only did we tour the churches, learning about their significance to Charleston, but Evans also shared with us so much other rich history of Charleston: churches, cemeteries, gardens, parks, slave markets, hotel, theaters, libraries and more! The architectural history was as awe-inspiring as the religious history! Regardless of your religious preference or lack thereof, this is a tour not to be missed!”

“Our guide was Evans Byrd. He had extensive knowledge of Charleston. It was so extensive that he was able to track down where an old bar had been located in the 1940s that my father used to sing in (a speakeasy called the Anchor bar). If you want a great tour with real history, ask for Evans Byrd.”

“The Holy City Church tour far exceeded all expectations.  Evans’ knowledge of the Charleston landmarks was astounding and was what made the tour unlike any other.  I would highly recommend the Holy City Church tour to family and friends.”

“We had a great experience. Wonderful, pleasant way to see the city and get a great history lesson. Evans was a super guide. Very personable and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this. Well worth the money.”

 

 

Founded in 1670, Charleston, SC, is known as the “Holy City” because it guaranteed religious liberty to settlers under the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina. Because of this document, people from all over Europe flocked to Charleston to escape religious persecution. The Holy City Church Tour is a unique historic 2½ hour walking tour with a focus on Charleston’s different faiths and their historic houses of worship, from the oldest Baptist Church in the nation founded in 1682, to the Congregation Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, home of the oldest continuous Jewish congregation in America.

Please note that this is a tour of houses of worship and we ask that everyone be respectful of worshippers while we are inside the buildings.

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Adult
$25
Child
$15
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Adult
$25
Child
$15
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