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1749 Argyle St.

Price & Hours

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 Anglican 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). Its timbers were imported from Maine and other building materials, like the church's bricks, were made near Halifax.

If you want an in-depth explanation of the church's history, attend one of its tours. Guided tours operate from mid-June through October and self-guided tours run from November through June. Tour times vary by season, so call ahead to determine times. Recent visitors expressed that the church offers an interesting piece of history and say the church staff are friendly and informative.

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 p.m. Admission and tours are free, but the church kindly requests donations. To learn more about St. Paul's, visit the church's website.

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