“The Holy City”

 (Kathryn Wagner)

“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…”

As a travel photographer part of my job is to get to the heart of a place and show viewers what it is like to eat, sleep and visit in a location. Religious centers often provide a direct link into these aspects of life and also aids in gauging the history of a place. The stunning St. Phillips steeple pictured above is a landmark within Historic Charleston, and it’s steeple bells are a fixture of the downtown soundscape. Part of the original walled city, “St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, a National Historic Landmark, houses the oldest congregation in South Carolina and was the first Anglican church established south of Virginia.” Charleston’s churches are a wonderful touchstone into the vast history of the city and a valuable link to it’s present and future .

Go here to ring the steeple bells of St. Phillips Church.