St. Paul's Episcopal Church
815 E. Grace Street, Richmond, VA, USA
www.stpauls-episcopal.org - 804-643-3589
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Richmond Reviews
Art, Glass and History at St. Paul's Jun 25, 2010
St. Paul's Church is a historic Episcopal church in downtown Richmond. The Greek Revival building was the largest church in Virginia when it was completed in 1845. The gallery-style interior seating was a departure from the box pews found in earlier Virginia Episcopal churches.
St. Paul's is known for its fourteen large stained glass windows, installed from the 1890s to the 1910s. Ten of these are Tiffany windows. The windows are a beautiful and impressive sight and can be viewed up close. All of the Tiffany design elements are present--drapery glass, layered glass, confetti glass, and beaded glass. There is also a Tiffany mosaic of The Last Supper at the altar.
St. Paul's is also known for its associations with the Civil War. Confederate President Jefferson Davis was attending a Sunday service at St. Paul's on April 2, 1865, when he received word that the Union Army had broken through at Petersburg and was advancing on Richmond.
Tours are proved on Sundays following services, but the church is open at most times during the day for visitors to walk in for a look. There are printed guides at the entrance describing the windows, art work, and memorials in the church.
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