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Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, is voted consistently as one of the most romantic cities in the U.S. and it certainly lives up to its reputation. A city that has preserved its history, its architecture, its sense of culture and all its hospitality. There are over 1400 individual historically significant structures, protected and preserved through the Board of Architectural Review and the Historic Charleston Foundation. Charleston is also called the Holy City, and the church spires dotting the skyline are a testament.
Charleston is best experienced by foot, lazily, without rush, with food, southern comforts, and with time, without deadlines. Take a break from the walking, and hop on to a horse carriage ride, each different and purposefully random, and let the history unfold through over the cobblestones.
Founded in 1670 as Charles Towne in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston adopted its present name in 1783. It moved to its present location on Oyster Point in 1680 from a location on the west bank of the Ashley River known as Albemarle Point. By 1690, Charles Towne was the fifth largest city in North America, and with a 2010 census population of 120,080, current trends put Charleston as the fastest-growing municipality in South Carolina.
Visit the plantations north of Charleston, Middleton Place (photos), is very well preserved and working and spend a week in Charleston, bathe in its calmness, and return enriched.
City of Charleston flag
City of Charleston flag
Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge, Ashley River
Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge, Ashley River
Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge, Ashley River
Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge, Ashley River
Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge, Ashley River
Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge, Ashley River
Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge, Ashley River
Arthur Ravenel Junior Bridge, Ashley River
Ashley River
Ashley River
Ashley River
Ashley River
Charleston, Ashley River banks
Charleston, Ashley River banks
Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park, Ashley River
Waterfront Park, Ashley River
Nathaniel Russell House, 1808, National Historic Landmark
Nathaniel Russell House, 1808, National Historic Landmark
Aiken-Rhett House, c. 1820, National Register of Historic Places
Aiken-Rhett House, c. 1820, National Register of Historic Places
Edmondston-Alston House, 1825
Edmondston-Alston House, 1825
Edmondston-Alston House, 1825
Edmondston-Alston House, 1825
Calhoun Mansion, c.1876, 14-16 Meeting Street
Calhoun Mansion, c.1876, 14-16 Meeting Street
Palmer Home, c. 1848
Palmer Home, c. 1848
21 East Battery Home
21 East Battery Home
5 East Battery Home, 1847 - available for $8.9 million
5 East Battery Home, 1847 - available for $8.9 million
East Battery Home
East Battery Home
East Battery Home
East Battery Home
East Battery Home
East Battery Home
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Merry Christmas, Historic Charleston District
Merry Christmas, Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Doors, windows, Historic Charleston District
Doors, windows, Historic Charleston District
King Charles Inn, c.1853
King Charles Inn, c.1853
Driving the spirits away blue, Piazza, Historic Charleston District
Driving the spirits away blue, Piazza, Historic Charleston District
U.S. Customs House, c.1879, 200 East Bay Street
U.S. Customs House, c.1879, 200 East Bay Street
U.S. Customs House, c.1879, 200 East Bay Street
U.S. Customs House, c.1879, 200 East Bay Street
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
City Hall, c. 1800, 80 Broad Street
City Hall, c. 1800, 80 Broad Street
City Hall, c. 1800, 80 Broad Street
City Hall, c. 1800, 80 Broad Street
Old Exchange Custom House & Provost Dungeon, c. 1767-1771, 122 East Bay Street
Old Exchange Custom House & Provost Dungeon, c. 1767-1771, 122 East Bay Street
Market Hall, c.1841, 188 Meeting Street
Market Hall, c.1841, 188 Meeting Street
The Robert Mills Fireproof Building, c.1826, 100 Meeting Street
The Robert Mills Fireproof Building, c.1826, 100 Meeting Street
The Robert Mills Fireproof Building, c.1826, 100 Meeting Street
The Robert Mills Fireproof Building, c.1826, 100 Meeting Street
Hibernian Society Hall, c.1840, 105 Meeting Street
Hibernian Society Hall, c.1840, 105 Meeting Street
Charleston County Court House, c.1792, 84 Broad Street
Charleston County Court House, c.1792, 84 Broad Street
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
Historic Charleston District
t9%2f30%2f52730%2f4%2f154158686.laKRTr4w.jpg Old Post Office and Postal Museum, c.1886, 83 Broad Street
Old Post Office and Postal Museum, c.1886, 83 Broad Street
Old Post Office and Postal Museum, c.1886, 83 Broad Street
Old Post Office and Postal Museum, c.1886, 83 Broad Street
Lawrimore Park
Lawrimore Park
St. Michael's Episcopal Church, c.1761, 80 Meeting Street
St. Michael's Episcopal Church, c.1761, 80 Meeting Street
St. Michael's Episcopal Church, c.1761, 80 Meeting Street
St. Michael's Episcopal Church, c.1761, 80 Meeting Street
French Huguenot Church, c.1844, 136 Church Street
French Huguenot Church, c.1844, 136 Church Street
Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, c. 1815
Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul, c. 1815
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, c. 1712, 146 Church Street
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, c. 1712, 146 Church Street
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, c. 1712, 146 Church Street
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, c. 1712, 146 Church Street
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, c. 1712, 146 Church Street
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, c. 1712, 146 Church Street
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, c. 1712, 146 Church Street
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, c. 1712, 146 Church Street
First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, c.1814, 53 Meeting Street
First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, c.1814, 53 Meeting Street
Circular Congregational Church, c.1892, 150 Meeting Street
Circular Congregational Church, c.1892, 150 Meeting Street
Four Cypresses, St. Michael's Episcopal Church, c.1761, 80 Meeting Street
Four Cypresses, St. Michael's Episcopal Church, c.1761, 80 Meeting Street
Emanuel A.M.E. Church
Emanuel A.M.E. Church
Church spire, Charleston Historic District
Church spire, Charleston Historic District
St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Marion Square, Francis The Swamp Fox Marion
St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Marion Square, Francis "The Swamp Fox" Marion
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Windows, Market Hall, c.1841, 188 Meeting Street
Windows, Market Hall, c.1841, 188 Meeting Street
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Wrought Iron work, Charleston Historic District
Window, Wrought Iron work, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
The Old Jail, c.1768, 21 Magazine Street
The Old Jail, c.1768, 21 Magazine Street
The Dock Street Theatre, c.1805, Wrought Iron work, 135 Church Street
The Dock Street Theatre, c.1805, Wrought Iron work, 135 Church Street
Window, Horse, Charleston Historic District
Window, Horse, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Charleston Historic District
Window, Grill, Charleston Historic District
Window, Grill, Charleston Historic District
Door, Nathaniel Russell House
Door, Nathaniel Russell House
Door, Charleston Historic District
Door, Charleston Historic District
Door, Charleston Historic District
Door, Charleston Historic District
Door, Charleston Historic District
Door, Charleston Historic District
Door, Charleston Historic District
Door, Charleston Historic District
The Old Jail, c.1768, 21 Magazine Street
The Old Jail, c.1768, 21 Magazine Street
Door Knocker, Charleston Historic District
Door Knocker, Charleston Historic District
Charleston Historic District
Charleston Historic District
Window wind stopper, Charleston Historic District
Window wind stopper, Charleston Historic District
Fountain, Waterfront Park
Fountain, Waterfront Park
City Gallery, Waterfront Park
City Gallery, Waterfront Park
Fountain, Waterfront Park
Fountain, Waterfront Park
The Battery, White Point Gardens, c.1844
The Battery, White Point Gardens, c.1844
Lamp post, The Battery, White Point Gardens, c.1844
Lamp post, The Battery, White Point Gardens, c.1844
Cannon, The Battery, White Point Gardens, c.1844
Cannon, The Battery, White Point Gardens, c.1844
Statue, The Battery, White Point Gardens, c.1844
Statue, The Battery, White Point Gardens, c.1844
Squirrel, The Battery, White Point Gardens, c.1844
Squirrel, The Battery, White Point Gardens, c.1844
Cycle Rickshaw, The Battery, White Point Gardens, c.1844
Cycle Rickshaw, The Battery, White Point Gardens, c.1844
Bench, Nathaniel Russell House
Bench, Nathaniel Russell House
Statue, Residential garden, Charleston Historic District
Statue, Residential garden, Charleston Historic District
Residential garden, Charleston Historic District
Residential garden, Charleston Historic District
Sea gull, Ashley River, Charleston Historic District
Sea gull, Ashley River, Charleston Historic District
Elizabeth Street, Charleston Historic District
Elizabeth Street, Charleston Historic District
Waterfront Park, Charleston Historic District
Waterfront Park, Charleston Historic District
Palm trees, Waterfront Park, Charleston Historic District
Palm trees, Waterfront Park, Charleston Historic District
Daughters of the Confederacy monument, Battery Park
Daughters of the Confederacy monument, Battery Park
Horse Carriage Ride, Charleston Historic District
Horse Carriage Ride, Charleston Historic District
Horse Carriage, Charleston Historic District
Horse Carriage, Charleston Historic District
Classic car, Charleston Historic District
Classic car, Charleston Historic District
Classic car, Charleston Historic District
Classic car, Charleston Historic District
LML Vespa, Charleston Historic District
LML Vespa, Charleston Historic District
Wragg Mall, Obelisk, Charleston Historic District
Wragg Mall, Obelisk, Charleston Historic District
Confederate obelisk behind statute of George Washington. Meeting Place, Charleston Historic District
Confederate obelisk behind statute of George Washington. Meeting Place, Charleston Historic District
Washington Light Infantry Obelisk, Charleston Historic District
Washington Light Infantry Obelisk, Charleston Historic District
Colorful columns, Charleston Historic District
Colorful columns, Charleston Historic District
Pineapple, 43 Meeting Street
Pineapple, 43 Meeting Street
Lamp post, Charleston Historic District
Lamp post, Charleston Historic District
The site of the carteret bastion, Charleston Historic District
The site of the carteret bastion, Charleston Historic District
Poogan's porch, Charleston Historic District
Poogan's porch, Charleston Historic District
Backyard garden, Charleston Historic District
Backyard garden, Charleston Historic District
Waterfront Park, Swings
Waterfront Park, Swings
Gargoyle, Charleston Historic District
Gargoyle, Charleston Historic District
Charleston Fire Department
Charleston Fire Department
College of Charleston
College of Charleston
Carolopolis, award for well preserved architecture
Carolopolis, award for well preserved architecture
Earthquake rod cover
Earthquake rod cover
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Model of the Civil War Submarine, H.L. Hunley
Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Model of the Civil War Submarine, H.L. Hunley
Cycle in the roof, Charleston Historic District
Cycle in the roof, Charleston Historic District
Wrought Iron work, Charleston Historic District
Wrought Iron work, Charleston Historic District
Wrought Iron work, Charleston Historic District
Wrought Iron work, Charleston Historic District
Wrought Iron work, Charleston Historic District
Wrought Iron work, Charleston Historic District
Colors, graffiti, Charleston Historic District
Colors, graffiti, Charleston Historic District
Lamp, Charleston Historic District
Lamp, Charleston Historic District
Cheese donut
Cheese donut
Biscuit
Biscuit
Grits
Grits
Pine nuts and eggplant
Pine nuts and eggplant