The Holy City Whenever you are visiting a new location, it is always great to know a little about the historical influences, what makes the place unique, and how it ranks in comparison to other places. Charleston, SC is no exception, and you should definitely do your research before visiting, so you get the most out of your time spent.
The original name for Charleston, SC was Charles Towne with settlement beginning in 1670. It moved to its present location, which is known as “Oyster Point”, from a location on the West bank of the Ashley River, “Albemarle Point.” The present name, Charleston, was adopted in 1783. By the mid 18th century, Charleston had become the wealthiest US city South of Philadelphia, finding much of its growth in agriculture and port driven trade.
From the founding, the city was known for its diverse population and many cross cultural influences. In fact it is known as “The Holy City” because of the prominence of churches in the city and their towering steeples. The low-rise cityscape still preserves this reputation.
The first theater building was built in Charleston in 1736, and the city is still at the nexus for many trends in the arts and fashion world. The city played pivotal roles in both the revolutionary and civil wars, and is steeped in Southern tradition and hospitality.
With such a rich history and diverse set of influences, it is difficult to encompass all that has made Charleston, SC what it is today. However, one thing remains constant, Charleston is still one of the preeminent places to live or visit. In fact, on October 10, 2011 Charleston earned the No. 1 spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s rankings for the top tourist destinations in America. Charleston, SC displaced San Francisco, which had been the previous No. 1 for the past 18 years. The Holy City’s restaurants, history, and culture have helped it become one of the best places to visit in the U.S. If you are interested in reading more about these rankings, follow this link:
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