This is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Georgia and seat of the Catholic Diocese of Savannah. It was organized in 1799 and erected its first house of worship on Liberty Square. A second and larger church was built on Drayton Street, at Perry, in the 1830's. In 1876, the first rendition of the current Victorian Gothic Cathedral was built. This structure was unfortunately destroyed by fire in 1898. The cathedral was rebuilt, based on the original design, by architects Baldwin and Price within the framework of the original walls. The cathedral has several notable elements including magnificent stained glass windows from Innsbruck Austria, wall murals, Sarouk Persian rugs, a high alter of Italian Marble and coats of arms of Pope John XXIII and Bishop Thomas J. McDonough
i'M SURE THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS i MISSED DURING MY SHORT STOP IN THE sAVANNAH AREA, BUT ONE POINT OF INTEREST TO MY FAMILY(ESPECIALLY HISTORY LOVING MOM AND DAD) WAS TYBEE ISLAND, ABOUT 30 MINUTES OR SO EAST OF SAVANNAH.GREAT LIGHTHOUSE THERE AND VERY INTERESTING FORT PULASKI WHERE YOU CAN STILL SEE THE (FIRST USED) RIFLED CANNON SHELLS STUCK IN THE CRUMBLED FORT WALLS. THE RIFLED CANNON CHANGED THE FACE OF CANNON WARFARE DURING THE CIVIL WAR, AND THE TOUR OF THE FORT IS SHORT, BUT INTERESTING. TRAFFIC CAN GET VERY HEAVY DUE TO THE SEASHORE VISITORS, SO AVOID WEEKEND VISITS DURING THE SUMMER.
Tybee Island is about 10 miles outside of Savannah. A quaint summer island surrounded by marsh land. A great spot to catch some birds that you can't find in the north. We attended in the spring and it was quiet, with just a handful of year round locals.
There is a wildlife preserve outside of Savannah on the way to Hilton Head Island, SC. If you visit it on a hot sunny day, you may just see a few gators basking in the sun on the edge of the water. If you need exact location, please email me and I will have my husband give EXACT directions. Don't forget to visit the peach stands outside of Savannah on the way to Beaufort, or Hilton Head..mmmm yum!
Bonaventure Cemetery - located several miles from the historic district - this cemetery has many famous people buried in it. The old marble statues and markers/headstones were beautiful. During the afternoon, the sun rays shine through the trees and the Spanish Moss hanging down from the branches. The cemetery is even broken up to sections for different religions (who want to be segregated from others). There are even past tales of voodoo rituals at night in this cemetery.
Savannah is home to the 2nd largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in the U.S.!
Did you know that Savannah has forever hosted the second largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in The U.S.?
Every March 17th when it is St. Patrick's Day, the streets of the city are filled with spectators watching the parade which is an Irish tradition.
Also good to know is that many of those elegant homes in Savannah Historic District are inhabited by rich people from other parts of the world, such as France, Canada, Ireland, Norway and elsewhere in the U.S.
Bonaventure Cemetery easily reached by driving out Wheaton Street to Bonaventure road which leads to Tybee Island. It's the final resting place for many of Savannah most renowned citizens and the massive moss-drapped oaks provide some shade for the elegant headstones.
Only a short drive and you are at the beach. Tybee is extremely small and there really isn't much to do, but relax. The people are nice and its very family oriented.
Savannah is rich in architectural splendor, natural beauty and old fashioned Southern charm.
Evening historic turs and private tours available, thoughout historic Savannah and Tybee Island.
30 minutes from Savannah but a world away... check out the Tybee Lighthouse and be sure to grab a meal at The Breakfast Club (but be prepared to wait in line!).
Hunting Island 40 miles north of Savannah in South Carolina, includes state park and Lighthouse. The view from the lighthouse is worth the trip
If you don't get out and walk around, you might miss unique sights like this little gate with a kitty and mice cut into it!
Tybee Island is a beaufiful place to visit. Its small but has great shopping, restaurants and beaches.