Trinity Episcopal Church, now known as Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, is the first Episcopal and the oldest surviving sanctuary in Columbia, South Carolina. It is a Gothic Revival church that is modeled after York Minster in York, England. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places on February 24, 1971.Plan to visit Trinity Episcopal Cathedral during your Columbia vacation using our convenient Columbia trip itinerary planner .
Trinity Church is on east side of Sumter Street between Gervais and Senate Streets. It is directly east of the South Carolina State House.
In 1812 the Society for the Advancement of Christianity in South Carolina, which was formed in 1810 by the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, sent Rev. Mr. Fowler to Columbia to establish a mission. The Parish was organized on August 8, 1812. Bishop Theodore Dehon visited on May 13, 1813 and held services at the State House. It was incorporated by the South Carolina Legislature as the "Episcopal Church in Columbia."
The Legislature gave four lots on Lady Street to the Presbyterian and Episcopal congregations with the condition that they pay half their value to the Baptist and Methodist congregations to assist in construction of their churches. The Episcopalians sold their lots to the Presbyterians for the construction of the existing First Presbyterian Church.
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We walked by Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on our way to the State House. It was a stunning church, the most ornate we saw during our trip to Columbia. The grounds and cemetery were well kept. Many of t... more »
Beautiful architecture. Located across the street from the South Carolina State House. This is a must see if you are on Sumter St in the historical area of SC. more »
Maybe the most beautiful Church building in Columbia! Truly takes you out of this world. Gorgeous architecture, perfectly painted and preserved. Go on Sunday Choral Evensong at 4pm to hear their choir sing the most beautiful anthems.
The most loving staff. I trust them with my daughter 100%. Best center in the area
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