St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Charleston

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St. Mary of the Annunciation Roman Catholic Church is the first Roman Catholic parish in the Carolinas and Georgia. The current building at 93 Hasell St. in Charleston, South Carolina, is the third structure to house the congregation on this site.
The property and an old building were purchased in 1789. It was incorporated as the Roman Catholic Church of Charleston by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1791. The first structure was replaced by a brick church that burned in the Charleston fire in 1838.
The church was rebuilt quickly and reopened on June 9, 1839. It is a rectangular building, 84 ft (25.6 m) by 50 ft (15.2 m). It is built of brick with a stucco covering. There are four Doric columns that support a large entablature. The parapet wall at the top of the church was probably constructed around 1896. There are stained glass windows imported from Munich.
The nave has a central aisle and two large rows of pews. There are smaller pews along the side aisles. Above the altar, there is a painting of the Crucifixion by John S. Cogdell. The artist donated this painting to replace an earlier painting he had done in 1814, which was destroyed in the fire. Much of the interior of the church was renovated during a three-month renovation in 1884.
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  • My husband and I went to daily Mass here on a Thursday. It was a Mass said by Corpus Christi and absolutely beautiful. The church is absolutely gorgeous and we appreciated the traditional nature of th...  more »
  • Aside from the fact that my faith is important to me, I found my attendance and viewing of St. Mary's to be a great experience from a faith and historical standpoint. The church is beautiful and well ...  more »
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  • Beautiful and reverent Mass celebrated in this historical Catholic Church in the heart of town. Friendly religious and parishioners will welcome you!Lovely Sunday Mass, at one of Charleston's oldest churches. Impressive frescoes adorn the ceiling of this church. A real gem for both Catholics and history lovers! You will appreciate its old fashioned pews, altar rails and stained glass windows. At the heart of historical Charleston and within walking distance to every popular attraction.
  • Amazing church! Had a family wedding there!

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