French Huguenot Church

French Huguenot Church

In the 1680’s the Huguenot’s, Protestants, fled Catholic France as their rights were stripped by King Louis XIV. A group came to Charleston and founded this church in 1685. The first church was built and set the boundaries for the Charleston French Quarter. Today the quarter is one of the most popular tourist areas here.

The current building was completed in 1844.

French Huguenot Church
French Huguenot Church

The sanctuary is smaller than some of the other old churches in town, but to me this is probably the most beautiful.

French Huguenot Church
French Huguenot Church

Other than Sunday services visits are limited to a few days in the spring and fall. The only way I have been able to photograph this landmark is when I pass by and stumble on an open door day.

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