St. Paul's Church - Historic Places Days

St. Paul’s Church

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Type
Places of Faith
Address
1749 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS, Canada
Get directions
Hours
9am-4pm Mon-Sat (June - Aug); Mon-Fri (Sept-May)
Phone
9024292241

St. Paul’s is the oldest building in Halifax and the oldest existing Protestant place of worship in Canada. Founded by proclamation of King George II in 1749, the building was erected in the summer of 1750. On September 2, 1750 the Reverend William Tutty held the first service inside what was, according to Mr. Tutty, “not completely fitted up”. The architectural plans were based on St. Peter’s Church, Vere Street, London which was designed in 1722 by James Gibbs, a pupil of Sir Christopher Wren. The resemblance between the two churches is remarkable despite the addition of St. Paul’s vestibule and steeple, 1812, the side wings, 1868, and the chancel, 1872. The timbers of St. Paul’s were cut in Saco, Maine and shipped to Halifax. Most of the materials including the bricks to line the walls were made locally. Over two and a half centuries later, the original wooden structure remains as sound as the day it was built. Charles Inglis, first overseas Bishop of the Church of England, arrived in 1787 making St. Paul’s his cathedral. Until the construction of a garrison chapel in 1844, St. Paul’s was also the first garrison church in Halifax. For more than 12,000 Sundays worshippers have gathered here to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection, to read God’s word and to hear it preached from the pulpit, to bring before Him the needs of the world and to offer Him humble thanks for his goodness.  St. Paul’s Church is rooted in the evangelical tradition and is a parish of the Diocese of NS & PEI (nspeidiocese.ca), and a member of the Anglican Church of Canada (http://www.anglicancommunion.org/).

Notes from "Best Places to Explore in Nova Scotia"

When people arrived in Halifax and founded the city in 1749 one of the first things they did was set up a tent for church. They would later build a proper building for service and this became St. Paul’s Church.

The church is a unique bit of history located right in the middle of the city. One of the reasons I like though is because of a ghost story that goes with it.

In December 1917 the Halifax Explosion occurred which was one of the world’s largest accidental man made explosions ever. Many died, were injured, lost their eyesight and more. Rumour has it that there was a priest inside the church at the time of the explosion and he was thrown out the window by the blast. Because of this if you look at the windows on the left side of the building 3 bunch of windows, top right pain you can see a silhouette of the priest. Every time they replace the glass the silhouette reappears.

To this day when you enter the church you can also see a piece of metal from the explosion still lodge in the wall over the interior door way.

Amenities

  • Family-Friendly
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Wheelchair Access

Location

1749 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS, Canada
Get directions

Nearby Places

Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Step back in time to learn what it was like for soldiers to live and work in this fort.
View Place | Get Directions

Government House Halifax

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
View Place | Get Directions

Schmidtville Heritage District

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Schmidtville was established in 1830 by Mrs. Elizabeth Schmidt, the wife of the Hessian Ca…
View Place | Get Directions

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada’s 6th national museum shares the ongoing story of immigration to Canada.
View Place | Get Directions

Popular VisitLists Including "St. Paul’s Church"

Best Places to Explore in Nova Scotia

Louisbourg to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia 7 places
The best historic places to visit in Nova Scotia written by a local travel content creator
View VisitList

Religious heritage of Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador to Bralorne, British Columbia 11 places
Visit the places of Canada’s religious heritage!
View VisitList

Following "Best Places to Explore in Nova Scotia"

Back to the VisitList

The best historic places to visit in Nova Scotia written by a local travel content creator

Register A Place

Create an account to add your historic place.

Make a VisitList

Welcome! To get started on a VisitList, you’ll need to have an account with #HistoricPlacesDays.


Already have an account? to sign in.
We use your contact information to process your registration and correspond with you about the National Trust and its programs. You can unsubscribe at any time. We care about your privacy. Read our privacy statement.

Sign In

Sites that participate in #HistoricPlacesDays need to have an account.

Welcome! To get started on a new VisitList or to edit an existing one, you’ll need to have an account with #HistoricPlacesDays. Sign in below!


Not registered? Click here to create an account.

Forgot Password

Enter your email address to request a password reset.


to sign in.

Get the latest scoop on everything #HistoricPlacesDays – join our e-newsletter and never miss a beat.