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French Huguenot Church, Charleston

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The Huguenot Church, also called the French Huguenot Church or the French Protestant Church, is a Gothic Revival church located at 136 Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina. Built in 1844 and designed by architect Edward Brickell White, it is the oldest Gothic Revival church in South Carolina, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The congregation it serves traces its origins to the 1680s, and is the only independent Huguenot church in the United States.As Protestants in predominantly-Catholic France, Huguenots faced persecution throughout the 16th and 17th centuries. Following the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, many Huguenots fled France for various parts of the world, including Charleston. The early congregation of Charleston's Huguenot Church included many of these refugees, and their descendants continued to play a role in the church's affairs for many decades. The church was originally affiliated with the Calvinist Reformed Church of France, and its doctrine still retains elements of Calvinist doctrine. The church's services still follow 18th century French liturgy, but are conducted in English.The church is located in the area of Charleston known as the French Quarter, which was given this name in 1973 as part of preservation efforts. It recognizes that the area had a historically high concentration of French merchants.
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  • Seeing a Huguenot church in Charleston made me think of my days in world history learning about their persecution in France from the Catholic church. Learn the history of the church and then go for a ...  more »
  • This church was absolutely beautiful and very historic. It still had the old pew boxes and a few family names still on them. I went for a wedding.  more »
  • This is a beautiful old church and the only active French Huguenot Church in the US. On the morning we visited, the church was open and two volunteers were there to give us a one-on-one tour. They als...  more »