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1749 Argyle Street

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Free

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Churches/Religious Sites, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9

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  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Founded in 1749 by Britain's King George II, St. Paul's is Canada's oldest Protestant church. The building may look simple at first, but architecture buffs and historians alike will appreciate its construction. The church was modeled after London's St. Peter's Church (designed in 1722), and the heavy wooden beams were brought north from Boston when Massachusetts was still a British colony. However, according to one TripAdvisor user, "The most interesting parts were a piece of metal embedded in the wall … and the spooky broken window in the shape of a silhouette -- both remnants of the famous Halifax explosion."

St. Paul's is located just around the corner from the Province House in downtown Halifax. The church is open to visitors Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and free guided tours are available (though you should call ahead to determine the tour times). Admission is free. To learn more about St. Paul's, visit the church's website.

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