St. Paul's Anglican Church, Halifax

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St. Paul's Church is an evangelical Anglican church in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, within the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island of the Anglican Church of Canada. It is located at the south end of the Grand Parade, an open square in downtown Halifax with Halifax City Hall at the northern end. Built during Father Le Loutre's War, it is the oldest surviving Protestant church in Canada and the oldest building in Halifax. There is also a crypt below the church and the St. Paul's Church Cemetery. The official chapel of the church was the Little Dutch (Deutsch) Church.Saint Paul's was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1981. In 1981, it was designated a Municipal Registered Heritage Property by the former City of Halifax, and in 1983 it was designated a Provincially Registered Heritage Property both under the provincial Heritage Property Act.HistoryIt was founded in 1749 . The construction was begun in 1750 and is based on the ground plan of Gibbs' Marybone Chapel in London, with later additions such as a larger tower. Reverend William Tutty opened the church on September 2, 1750. Rev William Tutty was the first minister ; followed by Rev John Breynton and Rev. Thomas Wood , who served at the same time. The church also served as the site for the initial congregation of St. Matthew's United Church until this church was built.
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  • September 17, 2017
    St. Paul’s Anglican Church is Canada’s oldest still-standing Protestant church. It’s also the oldest building in Halifax, dating back to the time of the city’s founding. It was a must visit after seei...  more »
  • September 3, 2017
    We found this church as we were walking around and i was greeted by a friendly helful young man.Small museum area in the back of the Presbyterian church with some history about St Pauls.Allow 20 minut...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    I have visited St. Paul's Church many times over the years and each time I discover a piece of information previously missed. If only to see the structure and craft involved in a church of this era, i...  more »
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  • June 9, 2017
    A lovely historic church I have had the pleasure of visiting a few times now. Would recommend it (and have) to others.
  • January 7, 2017
    Full of history, this church is worth the visit for worship or to pop by while touring the area.
  • March 26, 2017
    Interesting historic site in downtown Halifax
  • February 1, 2016
    Beautiful building. Incredible how it survived the explosion in 1917.
  • October 6, 2016
    Great historical place

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