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. 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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  • This place took my breath away. So old, so beautiful and spiritual. The architecture is detailed and there are many stained glass windows.  more »
  • As being the oldest church of British origin in Halifax the history is greart Shows history of Halifax's military background and some history of the Explosion  more »
  • Lovely church that is an integral piece of Halifax history. We received an impromptu tour by one of the curators which helped us understand the significance of the church. Well preserved church artifa...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Best place for worshiping Lord God Almighty.
  • Full of history, this church is worth the visit for worship or to pop by while touring the area.
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