While Savannah’s sister city Charleston, South Carolina is officially dubbed the “Holy City”, Savannah's wealth of historic churches may actually be even more impressive, as there is no doubt that smattered about downtown Savannah’s ethereal mossy oak lined streets and grassy squares lie some of the most architecturally and historically significant houses of worship in all of the United States. Marvel at the striking gothic architecture of Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, the Lutheran Church of the Ascension and Temple Mickve Israel, the only gothic style synagogue in the United States. Breathe in the history of the Second African Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. first gave his “I have a dream speech” and the First Bryan Baptist Church, which is said to be the oldest black owned real estate parcel in the country. Stop by the Christ Episcopal Church, where John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, published the first English hymnal used in America, then stroll over to Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church to view its stunning antique Tiffany stained glass windows featuring life size busts of the Wesley brothers.
Savannah Georgia’s historic district is compact, easy to navigate on foot, and unquestionably unique not only in the sheer volume of iconic religious structures lining its cobblestone streets, but in the diversity in faiths represented. Use the links below to learn more about some of Savannah’s most famous historic churches, and we hope you will get the chance to visit them first hand during your next Savannah Georgia Vacation.
Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist
Perhaps the most celebrated of all Savannah’s historic churches; the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist is located at 222 E. Harris St.
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Christ Episcopal Church
28 Bull St. is the location of Christ Episcopal Church, which still stands on its original site.
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First African Baptist Church
A beacon for tourists, the First African Baptist Church lies at 23 Montgomery St. in Savannah, Georgia.
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First Baptist Church
A trip to 222 Bull St. will introduce you to the First Baptist Church, Savannah’s oldest standing church.
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First Byran Baptist Church
Listed on the National Historic Register, the First Bryan Baptist Church is found at 575 West Bryan St.
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First Congregational Church
421 Habersham St. is the physical address of the First Congregational Church, whose roots lie in the Beach Institute of Savannah.
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Independent Presbyterian Church
Visitors to Savannah can find the Independent Presbyterian Church at the corner of Bull St. and Oglethorpe Ave. at 25 West Oglethorpe Ave.
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Lutheran Church of the Ascension
The Lutheran Church of the Ascension dates back to 1741 and can be found at 120 Bull St. in Savannah, Georgia
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Saint John's Episcopal Church
The impressive Gothic revival building which Saint John’s Episcopal Church calls home is located at 1 West Macon Street in the historic district of Savannah
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Saint Philip AME Church
You can find the historic Saint Philip AME Church at 613 MLK (Martin Luther King) Blvd. in Savannah
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Second African Baptist Church
123 Houston St. is the location of the Second African Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King first read his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
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Temple Mickve Israel
20 East Gordon St. is the address of the only Gothic Revival style architecture synagogue in America, Temple Mickve Israel.
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Trinity Methodist Church
Founded by John Wesley himself, the oldest Methodist church in Savannah is located at 127 Barnard St.
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Unitarian Universalist Church
At 321 Habersham St. you can find another one of Savannah’s religious treasures, the Unitarian Universalist Church
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Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church
The grand Gothic Revival church built as a monument to the founders of Methodism themselves sits at 429 Abercorn St.
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