St. Paul's Church, Halifax

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St. Paul's Church is an evangelical Anglican church in downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia, within the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island of the Anglican Church of Canada. It is located at the south end of the Grand Parade, an open square in downtown Halifax with Halifax City Hall at the northern end.

The church is modelled after Marybone Chapel in Westminster, London, which was designed by controversial architect James Gibbs, the architect of St Martin-in-the-Fields at Trafalgar Square.

Built during Father Le Loutre's War, it is the oldest surviving Protestant church in Canada and the oldest building in Halifax. There is also a crypt below the church. Close to the church is the St. Paul's Church Cemetery. The official chapel of the church was the Little Dutch (Deutsch) Church.

Saint Paul's was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1981. In 1981, it was designated a Municipal Registered Heritage Property by the former City of Halifax, and in 1983 it was designated a Provincially Registered Heritage Property both under the provincial Heritage Property Act.
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  • Great joy in joining the congregation for Sunday worship. Very welcoming in a building which speaks of the faith of decades. One church member took the time to show me around. 
    Great joy in joining the congregation for Sunday worship. Very welcoming in a building which speaks of the faith of decades. One church member took the time to show me around.  more »
  • St. Paul's Church has its significance importance in local history. It had been built with timbers brought by sea from Boston in 1749 and remained after the Halifax explosion by then. A nice church... 
    St. Paul's Church has its significance importance in local history. It had been built with timbers brought by sea from Boston in 1749 and remained after the Halifax explosion by then. A nice church...  more »
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  • A beautiful church with a lot of history. One of the stops of the Halifax Ghost Tour. Do you see it? During the day you do!
  • I can't say anything about the congregation here because i don't know anyone associated with the place. However, the building itself just BREATHES history!! It's got lots of wonderful nooks and crannies, a GREAT organ, and it;s the most centrally located church in the city. I love the place where something from the Halifax Explosion came flying through a window and left a hole in the shape of someone's head, lol. Their music program and concerts are TOPS, and the building has splendid acoustics. Definitely worth a visit even if you pass it every day on your trips around town.

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