The Holy City


By: Staff Editor, Charleston Harbor Tours
September 25, 2007

A tour of Charleston Harbor with Harbor Tours will give you an amazing view of the city of Charleston, South Carolina. This beautiful city is also known as the “Holy City” because of the prevalence of churches on the city skyline. Charleston boasts over 400 places of worship of many different denominations throughout the city, and religion is deeply embedded in the city's rich culture.

The city was settled on principles of religious tolerance and embraced diversity and equality. In fact, in 1702, the city's religious community was 42% Anglican, 45% Calvinist, 10% Baptist, and 2.5% Quaker and Jewish.

In today's Charleston, the spectacular view of the cityscape dotted with steeples is a reminder of the impact religion once had and still has on the development of the city. You will immediately understand this appropriate nickname when you bask in the view from the Charleston Harbor. 


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