The Citadel, Charleston

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Attend one of the regularly held military parades on your visit to The Citadel, a historic military college known for its Moorish-inspired architecture. Parades happen weekly and feature cadets in formation marching along with drums, a band, and bagpipes. Go on a campus tour to learn more about the buildings and monuments on campus, like the Seraph Monument, a uniquely shaped structure that contains artifacts from the British submarine HMS Seraph and honors Anglo-American friendship and cooperation during World War II. Walk past the Citadel Ring Statue, a giant replica of the Citadel ring, widely known at the most important and treasured symbol of a graduate. Talk to the cadets on campus to learn more about the history of the school that's been around since 1842. Be sure to check the parade schedule online before you visit. Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Charleston trip simple and quick.
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  • I love visiting this place. I haven't been here in over seven years. The campus is beautiful! Not sure what they had going on on campus but we had a good time just visiting.  more »
  • What a great historic place to visit. Although all of the players were gone for break, the history and the cleanliness of the campus was spot on. Being former military, I was nostalgic of all of the m...  more »
  • Wonderful campus and central parade ground for 2500 cadets. One of a few private military college, ala TX A&M among others. Graduation gets a Regular Commission in a branch of the US military. A defin...  more »
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  • THE PLACE IS COOL I MET EVERYONE THERE AT THE CITADEL I SUPPORT THE TROOPS WHO WORKS THERE I LOVE WOMEN
  • Great place to visit! Fully recommended. Oscar all the way!
  • The Citadel reinforces to me our country still stands a chance given the exceptional men and women attending here.
  • Unmatchable professionaliam ... Scenic landscape ... Cordial staff ...
  • Great pieces of history adorns all over this college campus.

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