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. 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 and 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.
It was founded in 1749 . The construction was begun in 1750 and is based on the ground plan of Gibbs' Marybone Chapel in London, with later additions such as a larger tower. Reverend William Tutty opened the church on September 2, 1750. Rev William Tutty was the first minister ; followed by Rev John Breynton and Rev. Thomas Wood , who served at the same time. The church also served as the site for the initial congregation of St. Matthew's United Church until this church was built.
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St. Paul's Church Reviews
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 »
Unlike St. Mary’s, the doors of this church were open and welcoming. There was a docent inside with whom we chatted for quite a while about the history of the church and the Halifax explosion... more »
St. Paul's Anglican Church is Halifax' oldest church. You can find some plaques with additional information about the building nearby. While it's impressive that this building still stands, it certainly needs better maintenance. It looks as if it were about to fall apart during the next storm. Also, it isn't possible to visit the church regularly which is a pity given its historic importance.
Quiet, yet screaming with stories to be told. This quaint chapel still has evident scars from the Halifax Explosion of 1917. Worth the stop if you are in the downtown area.
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