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St. Michael's Church Tours

St. Michael's Church
Towering above surrounding Charleston, the nearly 200-foot tall white steeple of St. Michael’s signals the site of the city’s oldest church. Inside, visitors and parishioners are transported back to the colonial era: alcoves shine with Tiffany stained glass windows, the original 1768 organ still pipes tunes and creaky wooden pews have seated centuries of worshipers including notables George Washington and Robert E. Lee. The central chandelier once blazed with candles, but has since been retrofitted with bulbs. Otherwise little altered, the church has survived tornadoes, an earthquake and even civil war bombings. The pulpit still bears battle wounds suffered in the 1865 Siege of Charleston Harbor. A table in the main vestibule along the western wall details the building’s long and storied history.

Choral music still emanates from St Michael’s on Sundays, and, as a still-functioning Episcopal Church, it can be sometimes challenging to tour the inside. Still, the exterior is a highlight of many historic downtown tours. It's still possible to see the old colonial clock— though minute hands weren’t added until the mid-1800s—and tour the adjacent cemetery, the final resting place of, among several other notables, two signers of the US Constitution.

Practical Info

The church is located on the corner of Broad and Meeting Streets across from Washington Square in the heart of Charleston. The building is open Monday-Thursday from 9am-4pm, Fridays from 9am-3pm and Saturdays from 8:30am-noon unless otherwise noted. Midday prayer is held during the week shortly after noon and Sunday services are at 8, 9:30 and 10:30am as well as at 6pm.

Did You Know? In 1680, a small wooden building stood in where St. Michael’s now does – the current building was constructed between 1752 and 1761 to meet the needs of a growing community.
Address: 71 Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401, USA
Hours: Varies by day
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Historic Charleston Sightseeing Walking Tour

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Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour

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An air-conditioned sightseeing bus offers a refreshing Charleston Sightseeing Tour for summertime visitors trying to escape the heat or those with limited mobility. Roll by popular "Holy City" sights like Rainbow Row, the Battery, White Point Gardens, Nathaniel Russell House, and St. Michael's Church from wide viewing windows while your guide informs and entertains with stories from Charleston's rich past.
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Haunted Evening Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston

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Charleston Historic Downtown Guided Walking Tour

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Charleston Historic Downtown Guided Walking Tour

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Travel back in time to discover one of America’s most historic cities — Charleston, South Carolina — on this guided, 2-hour walking tour. Visit points of interest including Chalmers Street and the Old Slave Mart; the Dock Street Theatre in the historic French Quarter neighborhood; Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States; the Old Exchange Building, South Carolina's most historic building; plus St. Michael's Alley, Washington Square and White Point Garden, in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, with a spectacular view of Fort Sumter and many more.
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High Society II: Combo Walking Tour with Art & Wine

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Love Stories of Charleston Walking Tour

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Charleston Hidden Gems Walking Tour

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are St. Michael's Church hours of operation?
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St. Michael's Church hours of operation: Varies by day. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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