St. Michael’s church is one of my favorite places in Charleston, SC; it is rare for me to not snap a photo of it when we go to downtown Charleston (you’ll notice the photos are not all from the same day). The steeple stands out against the sky in a way that almost forces you to stop and notice. Along with that, the graveyard is gorgeous and I could spend all day walking around the small area. Most of the tombstones are old and a few are from *historical figures.
*St. Michael’s was built in the middle of the 18th century, with the first services taking place in 1761. The first time I walked around Charleston the steeple was the first thing that caught my eye, when I saw it I knew I needed to find out what building it belonged on. The steeple is 186 feet high, with a clock, 8 bells and a Tiffany stained window. It’s beautiful. I have never been on the inside of the church, but honestly just admiring the outside and walking around the small graveyard is enough for me; it reminds me of a simpler time.
It is at the intersection of Meeting St. and Broad St. and I make a point to walk past it every time I go to the Saturday farmer’s market or on any trip to downtown. My favorite part is the graveyard and it is only open to the public for walking around in from 9am to 12pm on Saturday’s (which is the day I am usually there, not sure on the weekday hours). I have missed it a few times and it is always a bummer. While walking around or sitting on one of the benches in the graveyard I always feel a sense of reverence and calm. It’s peaceful in an odd kind of way, I never thought I would find a graveyard to be that way, but it is. If you are ever in Charleston, make sure to visit St. Michael’s, it’s worth it.
Sometimes if you time it just right you can get the prettiest photo of the sun shining through the trees onto the tombstones. My heart skips a beat every time I see this picture. Seriously.
Do you have a favorite site to see that is not quite the norm?
*information about the church came from this site.