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Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

222 East Harris Street (Near Lafayette Square)
SavannahGA  31401
(912) 233-4709

Hours: Open to the public
Monday - Saturday  9:00a - 5:00p

The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is one of the most awe-inspiring buildings in all of historic Savannah Georgia. It is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Savannah.

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Christ Church

Christ Church

Christ Church

28 Bull Street (Near Johnson Square)
SavannahGA  31401

Not open to the public.

The present location for Christ Church was set aside by General James Oglethorpe for the colony's first church. This Greek revival building designed by James Hamilton Couper is the fourth church on the site and dates to 1838. The Corinthian columns and pilasters flank the tall, narrow side windows of this simple but stately building.

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First African Baptist Church

First African Baptist Church

First African Baptist Church

23 Montgomery Street (Near Franklin Square)
SavannahGA  31401
(912) 233-6597
Tours:
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00a & 2:00p
Sunday: 1:00p
The sanctuary is not open outside of the guided tour times.
A reservation is requested for groups of 10 or more.


The First African Baptist Church is the oldest continuously active African-American Church in North America. The First African Baptist Church was organized in 1773 under the leadership of Reverend George Leile.

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First Baptist Church

223 Bull Street (Near Chippewa Square)
SavannahGA  31401
(912) 234-2671

Tours:  Unfortunately, the First Baptist Church does not have the staff to have their sanctuary open for tours on a daily schedule. If you call ((912) 234-2671) and let them know when you would like to see the sanctuary, they will try to have someone on the property to give you a tour.

This Greek Revival structure of the First Baptist Church is Savannah's oldest standing house of worship. The First Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia, was chartered on November 26, 1800, The cornerstone of the church on Chippewa Square was laid on February 2, 1831, and the building was completed in 1833. The sanctuary was enlarged in 1839 and completely renovated in 1921. The most recent renovations were in 1966, 1989-1990, and 1998-1999.

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First Bryan Church

First Bryan Church

First Bryan Church

575 West Bryan Street (Near Historic Yamacraw Village)
SavannahGA  31401
(912) 232-5526

Hours: Open to the public
Monday - Thursday: 9:00a - 3:00p 
Tours: Call (912) 232-5526 a day in advance for a tour of the church.

The First Bryan Baptist Church, an African-American church, was organized by Andrew Bryan in 1788. With the help of the members and white friends who were sympathetic to the efforts of the church, Rev. Bryan, a former slave, was able to purchase the lot for approximately $150.00. The first structure was erected in 1794, making this site the oldest parcel of real estate own continuously by black people in the United States. The present sanctuary of First Bryan Baptist Church was constructed in 1873.

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First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church

421 Habersham Street (Near Whitefield Square)
SavannahGA  31401
(912) 236-6521

The First Congregational Church was established in 1869.

 

 

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Independent Presbyterian Church

Independent Presbyterian Church

Independent Presbyterian Church

207 Bull Street (Near Chippewa Square)
SavannahGA  31401
(912) 236-3346

Tours: Each Friday: 9:00a - 1:00p

Savannah’s Independent Presbyterian Church, organized in 1755, is known as the "Mother Church of Georgia’s Presbyterians".

During the Civil War, Union chaplain George Pepper described the Independent Presbyterian Church as the finest structure he had ever seen. In 1889 the church was completely destroyed by fire. Two years later the church was replaced by and exact duplicate. The interior remains very much as it did when it was rebuilt and rededicated in 1891. The marble baptism font, which was brought to Savannah from New Jersey, survived the fire of 1889 and is still used in the church today.

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Lutheran Church of the Ascension

Lutheran Church of the Ascension

Lutheran Church of the Ascension

120 Bull Street (Near Wright Square)
SavannahGA  31401
(912) 232-4151

Hours: Open to the public
Monday - Saturday: 9:00a - 2:00p

The Lutheran Church of the Ascension is one of Savannah's most familiar landmarks. Exiled by Catholic authorities in Salzburger, a small group of Lutherans arrived in Savannah in 1734, about a year after General Oglethorpe. In 1771, the church trustees purchased the present lot, where the current church now stands.

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Saint John's Episcopal Church

Saint John's Episcopal Church

Saint John's Episcopal Church

1 West Macon Street (Near Madison Square)
SavannahGA  31402
(912) 232-1251

Saint John's Episcopal Church was formed in 1841 from the growing Christ Church, Savannah, as part of a plan to increase Episcopal presence in Georgia.

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Saint Philip AME Church

Saint Philip AME Church

Saint Philip AME Church

613 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
SavannahGA  31401
(912) 233-2083

Hours: Open to the public
Monday-Friday: 9:00a - 5:00p

Saint Philip A.M.E. Church was established in 1865 making it the oldest A.M.E. Church in the state of Georgia. The church was organized by the Reverend A. L. Stanford in Savannah, Georgia, at the close of the Civil War.

After the church was destroyed in a storm in 1896, the congregation voted to move it to a more convenient location at West Broad and Charles Street. The present modern brick structure, designed by African American architect, was completed in 1909.

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Second African Baptist Church

Second African Baptist Church

Second African Baptist Church

123 Houston Street (Near Greene Square)
SavannahGA  31401
(912) 233-6163

Hours: Open to the public
Monday - Friday: 10:00a - 3:00p

Georgia's first native African-American religious leader and former slave, Andrew Bryan, founded theSecond Colored Baptist Church in 1802, with 26 members. In 1823, the church was renamed the Second African Baptist Church.

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Temple Mickve Israel

Temple Mickve Israel

Temple Mickve Israel

20 East Gordon Street (Near Monterey Square)
SavannahGA  31401
(912) 233-1547

Tours:  Monday - Friday: 10:00a - 12:00p & 2:00p - 4:00p
Duration: 30 to 43 minutes
Closed Jewish & Federal Holidays

Temple Mickve Israel was founded by a group of Jews, mainly of Spanish-Portuguese extraction, which landed at Savannah, July 11, 1733, five months after the establishment of the Colony of Georgia.

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Trinity United Methodist Church

Trinity United Methodist Church

Trinity United Methodist Church

225 West President Street (Near Telfair Square)
SavannahGA  31401
(912) 233-4766

Tours: Call the office at (912) 233-4766 to arrange a tour. Office open 8:00a - 1:00p Monday -Thursday.

Trinity Methodist Church is the oldest Methodist church in Savannah. The cornerstone of Trinity Church was laid February 14, 1848 and the church was completed in the fall of 1850.

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Unitarian Universalist Church

Unitarian Universalist Church

Unitarian Universalist Church

311 East Harris Street (Near Troup Square)
SavannahGA  31401
(912) 234-0980

Tours:  For a tour please call (912) 234-0980 or stop by the office on Harris Street.
The office is open Monday - Wednesday from 4:00p - 7:00p and during the morning on Thursday.

Originally located on Oglethorpe Square, the Unitarian Universalist Church, built in 1851, now sits on the west side of Troup Square. Reverend John Pierpont Jr. was the minister of the church in 1852, and his brother James served as the organist and choir director. Legend says that James Pierpont wrote the song we know as “Jingle Bells” during the time that he served at this church.

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Wesley Monumental Church

Wesley Monumental Church

Wesley Monumental Church

433 Abercorn Street (Near Calhoun Square)
SavannahGA  31401
(912) 232-0191

Tours: Every Friday at 10:00a
Duration: 1 hour

Savannah’s first Methodist Church, Wesley Monumental Church, was established in 1807 and was located at the corner of Lincoln Street and Oglethorpe Avenue. In 1862 Wesley Chapel was closed, and the two churches became one, known as Trinity Church.

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