Charleston Churches and Cemeteries
Charleston, South Carolina is nicknamed the “Holy City”. Unlike other Holy Cities like Jerusalem, Rome or Mecca, it’s not the center of a great religion and/or a place of pilgrimage. Rather, Charleston is called holy because of the sheer number of churches. Back in colonial days, each colony was dominated by one established church. Think the Puritans in Massachusetts or the Quakers in Pennsylvania. But from the very outset, Charleston was a cosmopolitan city. Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Catholics and even Jews lived side by side. We take this for granted today, but it was pretty revolutionary at the time. Because of this history, there are a lot of old churches in the narrow streets and alleys of the city. I walked around on a sunny afternoon and snapped some photos of some of the most famous Charleston churches.
Back in the day, it was common to bury people in the church yard. Thus most of these old Charleston churches have cemeteries attached. As the city has grown, burials have moved to larger cemeteries at the edge of town, such as Magnolia Cemetery. But thankfully for history buffs like me, the old graveyards are still there in the heart of the city, many with people who died before the American Revolution.
Have you been to Charleston? If so, what did you think of the many old churches there? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section.