Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The Holy City - St. Michaels Church

St. Michael’s Church

is the oldest church edifice in the City of Charleston, standing on the site of the first Anglican Church built south of Virginia. In the 1680’s a small wooden church, the first in the new town of Charles Town, was built on this spot for the families of the Church of England, and named St. Philip’s. By 1727, the town had grown too large for the small church and a more spacious one was built of brick on Church Street, later destroyed by fire in 1835.

By 1751, St. Philip’s had again proved too small for the increasing population, and another church as authorized by the General Assembly of the Province, to be built on the old site and to be known as St. Michael’s. The cornerstone was laid in 1752 and in 1761 the church was opened for services. Except for the addition of the sacristy in 1883 on the southeast corner, the structure of the building has been little changed.

Although the architect’s name is unknown, the type of architecture follows the tradition of Sir Christopher Wren, generally used during our Colonial period and up to the Gothic revival in 1841. The design carries out worship according to the Book of Common Prayer, where the service is to be heard and all the worshippers are to participate. The altar is close to the congregation in a shallow recess, the apse, with the choir and organ in the rear. A gallery on three sides brings more people closer to the center of worship. St. Michael’s is one of the few city churches in America that has retained this original design.


Maya said...

Hi Sue,
I love your blog, it's fun and uplifting (music is great) and your pictures are beautiful. I specially enjoy them because my husband and I will very likely end up in Charleston too..., sometime in the future. Nur die Tacoo Bell Reklame passt nicht so ganz hinein..., wenn ich das sagen darf.
Dein Schweizer Fan

Susanne49 said...

Hi Maya

das mit dem TacoBell ist eine PayPerPlay advertising...,da habe ich keinen zu grossen Einfluss darauf. Sorry, wenn's dich gestoert hat.

Vielen Dank fuer deinen netten Kommentar. Ihr kommt nach Charleston? Fuer immer? Was bringt Euch denn nach Charleston?

Anna said...

Hi Susanne, the church architecture is beautiful, especially white on blue. Nice shots, I guess you have now more opportunities to explore architecture too. Thanks for sharing, Anna :)

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

WOW... what a beautiful church. It stands so proud and the architecture on it is unbelievable!

Susanne49 said...

Hi Anna,

I LOVE to photograph architecture, not only beaches and palms.

You will see much more of houses, I promise!

Thanks for your comment, for ALL of your comments! :-)

Susanne49 said...

Thank you Michele,

for visiting and for this kind comment.


Beautiful photography! You are very talented!

Susanne49 said...

Thank you so much for your nice compliment, Shooting Star! :-)

Mike said...

Hi Sue. I love pictures of churches. A great subject for photograph.

Susanne49 said...

Thanks Mike

for stopping by and for your comment.

Anonymous said...

very nice shots, beautiful buildings, colors and atmospheric captures

Susanne49 said...

Thank you evlahos,

for this nice comment. But nothing compares to your wonderful Greek churches, where you are living!


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