Popping In at St. Philip’s

On the way from the parking garage to the French Huguenot Church in Charleston, Sugar and I passed by St. Philip’s. The doors were open, and Sugar suggested that we stop in on the way back to the parking garage. Of course, after lunch and the Huguenot tour, because food and Charleston.

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This church has a roped-off area, which I completely understand, because I would be right up there photographing the detail otherwise.

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At the rear of the church are the pipes for the organ. What you can’t see clearly is that some of the pipes project outward horizontally.

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The enormous pipe organ is *amazing*. A normal Sugar-sized man is shown for size and contrast.

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The pews are enclosed much like the Huguenot church.

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The painting depicts the burning of St. Philip’s in 1835. I’m not tall enough to get a better photograph, and no one would give me a boost. Because some of us still have decorum, and some of us do not. You can sort out which category I’m in.

IN MEMORY OF REBECCA MOTTE,

DAUGHTER OF ROBERT BREWTON ESQr AND WIFE OF JACOB MOTTE,

DIED JAN. 10, 1815, AGED 76 YEARS.

DISTINGUISHED FOR HER CIVIC VIRTUES AMONG THE WOMEN OF CAROLINA,

THEMSELVES DISTINGUISHED FOR THEIR FIDELITY TO THEIR COUNTRY.

THIS STONE A RELIC OF HER HOME, IS ERECTED BY

REBECCA MOTTE CHAPTER DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION,

IN HONOUR OF

THAT PATRIOTISM WHICH IT IS THEIR OBJECT TO COMMEMORATE AND INSPIRE.

1903.

This is the mother church of the Diocese of South Carolina, which was established in 1680. The first location was at the corner of Meeting and Broad, the present location of St. Michael’s. In 1751, St. Michael’s was authorized to be built due to the large increase in attendance at St. Philip’s. You can find out all these facts and more by looking at their website.

So, the next time you are in Charleston, pop in to St. Philip’s and sign the guestbook. You don’t even have to be Episcopalian.

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