St. Paul's 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.

The church is modelled after Marybone Chapel in Westminster, London, which was designed by controversial architect James Gibbs, the architect of St Martin-in-the-Fields at Trafalgar Square.

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. Close to the church is 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.
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  • St. Paul's Church has its significance importance in local history. It had been built with timbers brought by sea from Boston in 1749 and remained after the Halifax explosion by then. A nice church...  more »
  • Unlike St. Mary’s, the doors of this church were open and welcoming. There was a docent inside with whom we chatted for quite a while about the history of the church and the Halifax explosion...  more »
  • St. Paul's is a functioning Anglican church. While I was there, a service was underway. The interior is rather plain. If you like history,it might be worth a visit.  more »
  • St. Paul's Anglican Church is Halifax' oldest church. You can find some plaques with additional information about the building nearby. While it's impressive that this building still stands, it certainly needs better maintenance. It looks as if it were about to fall apart during the next storm. Also, it isn't possible to visit the church regularly which is a pity given its historic importance.
  • Quiet, yet screaming with stories to be told. This quaint chapel still has evident scars from the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Worth the stop if you are in the downtown area.
  • We really enjoyed our time here during Nocturne 2018 with the Polaris choir and the choral work by Jason Noble.
  • A great piece of history. Thanks to the gentleman inside who walked us through some of the most interesting parts we learned so much. This is one of the oldest buildings in Halifax, and has some amazing ties to historical events. One of the original stained glass windows remains in the church — see if you can find it. The rest were blown out during the Halifax explosion. As you enter the church look up and you'll see a piece of steel that ended up embedded in the church wall. There are two grave markings that date back to the 1770s. This cathedral / church is unique in that it has a pew at the front that is dedicated to the royal family, should they come to visit. Lastly there's some photos at the back of the church as you enter and scans of a pamphlet for a service held for the victims of the titanic. Go check it out!
  • A lovely historic church I have had the pleasure of visiting a few times now. Would recommend it (and have) to others.

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