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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. Use our Charleston trip builder to visit The Citadel on your trip to Charleston, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Located in the north-west part of the city. The architecture is magnificent! The buildings are fort-like and the grounds are lovely. And don't forget to take home a T-shirt.  more »
  • Attended a lecture about Russian involvement in US Politics The lecturer was well informed and presented updated insights into USSR The acoustics were less than great but still able to hear and see we...  more »
  • Took a ride through with a friend who was very familiar with this place and knew a lot of its history. Beautiful grounds. Rich history.  more »
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  • If you are in this area take 10 minutes to see how cadettes get trained. Unfortuately i didnt find the time to see the parade on friday afternoon.
  • The Citadel is the best education in the nation. Education is more than a degree. The Citadel education is also about leadership, duty, pride and honor. It's funny how many experts there are from people that don't wear the band of gold. (The Ring) I would gladly go back and do it all over again. I can only hope that my sons will accept the challenge and have the experience called "The Citadel." Golf Company 1995
  • All I know is my grandpa went here, we still have the ceremonial sword on display.
  • i want to be there and try how it works cause im in lotc in houston texas of plummer middle school
  • An outstanding college. My son has thrived there and earned a national guard scholarship. Great post graduate network especially in the south. I am a 1982 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.