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Unitarian Church in Charleston

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Address: 8 Archdale St, Charleston, SC 29401-1959
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Hauntingly Beautiful

I am not the type of person to wander graveyards willingly. However, I will make an exception for this place every time. The grounds are beautiful and surreal. It feels like... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I am not the type of person to wander graveyards willingly. However, I will make an exception for this place every time. The grounds are beautiful and surreal. It feels like something from a dream. Take the entrance from Lower King Street near the Queen Street intersection. It had a very "secret garden" feel as you make your way back... More 

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St. Louis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Stumbled upon this church as my husband and walked around Charleston somewhat following the AAA walking tour. A knowledgable volunteer gave us the history of the church. The beauty is in the ceiling and the Art Deco style stained glass.

Thank Nancy K
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

went to a serivce on sunday and it was beautiful. what an open and welcoming faith with a lovely story told by the windows in the interior. well worth a visit

Thank lvanclief
Northern Virginia, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you're walking along King Street, be sure to walk back onto the grounds of the gorgeous and breathtaking Unitarian Church grounds. We came across the property by happenstance and found walking onto the site a peaceful and calming experience amidst the holiday shoppers and hoopla. Worth the time to stroll the grounds!

Thank M H
Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The Unitarian Church is unusual. The cemetery is kept natural and is uncut. The church is beautiful on the outside. It is not open to the public. Several people came by while we were there. The cemetery is part of the Gateway Walk. The cemetery is full of lantana and numerous flowers and bushes. The plots are not manicured because... More 

Thank Terrie J
Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

I stumbled upon the Unitarian Church entirely by accident. As I strolled along King Street, I passed a set or iron gates that led to a shaded brick pathway. This path led to an old cemetery and garden that was attached to the Unitarian Church. It was like entering another world. The interior of the church is beautiful with walls... More 

Thank backpacker31
Pleasant Garden, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The experience started at one end by a pathway under the trees and plants. It winded through the cemetery and to the church.

Thank praysomemore
Draper, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Church is beautiful, but the real "secret" is the churchyard - filled with history of the common folks of Charlestown. Parts of it are overgrown, but the trees with the hanging moss over the grave markers are at once beautiful and sad. Many of the grave markers are so eroded as to be illegible, but the effect of the whole... More 

Thank James W
Maleny, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We came upon this on a city tour.The garden in the cemetery is very peaceful and serene.A masterful refurbishment has been done.It was recommended to us and so we do it to you.Can walk in cemetery from King street.

Norwell, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Interesting talk by the docent. Beautiful ceilings! Visiting the attached graveyard is well worth the time.

Thank Gretchen E

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