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A Visit to The Holy City

Anne Sciarrone - Sunday, March 13, 2011

A few weekends ago my husband and I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina for a long weekend.  It had been a while since I was there last, and I don't ever recall visiting during the month of February, but I highly recommend visiting The Holy City this time of year! 

The Holy City?  My husband says he’s never heard of Charleston referred to by this moniker.  So I had to consult Google to be sure I didn’t make it up myself.  According to Wikipedia, “Charleston is known as The Holy City due to the prominence of churches on the low-rise cityscape, particularly the numerous steeples which dot the city's skyline, and for the fact that it was one of the few cities in the original thirteen colonies to provide religious tolerance, albeit restricted to non-Catholics.”  In my search I did find other nicknames for the city including, “The City of Spires”, "The Palmetto City", and a less formal "Chuck Town".

We had a magnificent time on our own self-guided walking tours of the city (with a little help from a few iPhone apps).  Charleston’s commitment to historic preservation makes it a city with a wealth of significant architecture.  It is easy to see why tourists flood the city to take in the architectural treasures and the city’s, not to mention our country’s, history. 

It was a weekend packed with exploring galleries, fine restaurants, museums, old cemeteries and, of course, we saw more than just a few churches.

Check out my flickr account for a photo blog of a few of my favorite things from the trip. 



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