St. Anne's Church#7 in Best Things To Do in Annapolis
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Dating back to the 18th century, St. Anne's Church has a storied history. Its first iteration was the area's first and only chapel. Completed around 1704, the chapel was busting at its seams by 1775. So, it was torn down to make room for a bigger house of worship. But the Revolutionary War and its aftershocks delayed the building process, so that the church wasn't finished until 1792. But in 1858 a fire ravaged this iteration, so yet another church was razed. The next one, which stands today, was mostly completed in 1859. St. Anne's Church is a working Episcopal parish, and its gorgeous stained glass and a handful of other interior touches make it a top sight to see while in Annapolis.
Previous travelers pointed out the beauty and history of the church as highlights of their visits.
You'll find the church just off Main Street and in the center of Church Circle in downtown Annapolis. Visitors can pop into the church any day of the week, from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. However, they should keep in mind that there might be services at various points in the day. (Weekly Mass is held on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 8, 9, 11:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.) The church does not charge admission, and free guided tours are offered on the first and third Mondays of the month at 10 a.m. and every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit the church's website.
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The United States Naval Academy is the No. 1 attraction in Annapolis. The campus is beautiful and pays homage to the naval branch of the military, even while it raises up the new generation. The "noon meal formation," where the midshipmen march in formation, is a must-see as well, and it's held weather permitting. In the free U.S. Naval Academy Museum, you can take a self-guided tour through the Navy's history. But recent visitors highly recommend taking advantage of the guided walking tour of the campus – not only will you gain insight into naval history, but you'll also learn about the academy's beaux-arts architecture and landscaping.
The Naval Academy is also known for its music department. Throughout the year, multiple choral and instrumental ensembles, including the Naval Academy Band, put on performances that are open to the public. Check the website before your visit to purchase tickets.
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