Religion and spirituality are an important part of Charleston’s history.
Reform Judaism was born here. The Southern Baptist Convention’s mother church is here. Charleston was one of the few cities in the 1700s that welcomed French Huguenots (Protestants) who faced religious persecution in their home country.
But none of that has anything to do with Charleston’s nickname as “The Holy City.” That moniker developed from people observing the church steeples that dominate the downtown area’s skyline.
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