Today’s tip for those of you planning a vacation in Savannah (and for Savannah locals, too) has to do with an upcoming holiday: Easter. Easter in Savannah is a chance to explore Savannah’s churches.
With this chance to explore, let’s imagine a lazy Savannah afternoon, and how a day in your life could unfold as you walk around town discovering Savannah’s churches. Today we’re featuring 3 of them.
Easter falls on Sunday, March 31 this year (2013), but Greek Easter comes on Sunday, May 5 so you have a lot of wiggle room in this time frame to plan a vacation based around the excuse that you MUST see Savannah’s churches.
The Forrest Gump Church…
Imagine, a warm sunny day strolling up and down Bull Street (the street that divides East and West in Savannah!). You look up and think to yourself, “Hmmm. I feel as if I’m in a movie!” Your instincts aren’t foolin’, because the Independent Presbyterian Church (207 Bull Street, at the corner of Bull and Oglethorpe Streets) is the backdrop of that famous floating feather in Forrest Gump. From those towering white steeples gleaming in the sunshine, let’s move on to a totally different aesthetic.
An Example of Earthy Architecture on Calhoun Square…
You’re no architect (or, maybe, you ARE!) but you sure can agree that the vibe of the architecture at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church can be summed up in one word as “earthy”. That double staircase leading up to the brick red front door with its halo of gothic windows is a fantastic photo-op! Calhoun Square and Wesley Monumental (429 Abercorn Street at the corner of Abercorn and East Gordon Streets) await your eager exploration. Now from the architecture to the history.
The Oldest Black Church in North America…
We know that every corner and crevice of Savannah is brimming with historical facts and snippets of information. What we’re about is making that history come alive. Established in 1777, the First African Baptist Church just west of City Market in Savannah. 23 Montgomery Street (at the corner of Montgomery and West Bryan Streets) marks the northwest edge of Franklin Square, and a location you won’t want to miss on your tour of Savannah. Like Monumental United, the red doors beckon. The stained glass windows will get you hoping that zoom-lens on your camera functions perfectly. In fact, maybe you want to start practicing your photography skills now!
Come See for Yourself!
To appreciate the beauty of the Savannah’s churches, you don’t have to be religious. You don’t even have to go far from Azalea Inn & Gardens to be awed by the architecture. In just a 20-minute stroll down to historic River Street from our B&B, you can experience for yourself what we’ve shared today in this B&B spotlight on our favorite city-wide sanctuaries.
Azalea Inn and Gardens, a Savannah GA bed and breakfast inn, invites you to reserve your room today to enjoy Easter in Savannah and to explore Savannah’s Churches in the city Travel + Leisure Magazine acclaimed as a “World’s Best City.”