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Dominated by the famous lighthouse, the rugged fishing village of Peggy’s Cove is perched atop spectacular granite boulders worn smooth by the pounding surf.
date to the 16th and 17th centuries. The chapel sits on the crest of a hill in the Holy Cross Cemetery at the corner of South and South Park streets. Contact St. Mary’s Basilica: 902-423-4116. PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ST. DAVID Built in 1868–69, this was originally the home of the Grafton Street Methodist Church. Since 1925, it has been home to the Presbyterian Church of St. David. Inside, find beautiful stained-glass windows and a Casavant Frères organ. 1544 Grafton St. 902-423-1944. saintdavids.ca PRINCE OF WALES TOWER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE Edward, Duke of Kent (Queen Victoria’s father), had the tower built in the 1790s. Built inland on high ground to help protect more exposed British gun batteries on the coast of what today is Point Pleasant Park. The round, thick-walled fort, which also served as a powder magazine, was the first of its type in North America, a prototype of a new system of coastal defences that the British designed to meet the threat of attack by Napoleonic France. Grounds open year-round. Point Pleasant Park, (entrances at the south end of Tower Road and Point Pleasant Drive). 902-426 5080. pc.gc.ca
a fondness for round buildings in the classical Palladian style. In 1912, it hosted a funeral service for the “Unknown Child” from the Titanic. The parish holds baptismal, marriage, and burial records dating to the 1950s. Contact the parish office to set up a tour. 2222 Brunswick St. 902-423-1059. roundchurch.ca ST. MARY’S CATHEDRAL BASILICA (romAn cAtholic) When construction began on St. Mary’s in 1820, the design was for a smaller Georgian church. In the 1860s and 1870s, the building was transformed inside and out to the grand Victorian Gothic style. Acclaimed New York architect Patrick Charles Keely (who designed more than 500 North American churches) designed the highly embellished façade. Open year-round. Tours offered during summer; call office for special tour requests. A small museum is located at the back of the altar. 5221 Spring Garden Rd. 902-429-9800. stmbasilica.com ST. MATTHEW’S UNITED CHURCH In 1749, the Church of England started St. Paul’s. Dissenters (mostly Congregationalists from New England) were allowed to
PROVINCE HOUSE Completed in 1819, Nova Scotia’s provincial legislative building is Canada’s oldest seat of government. Today a National Historic Site, it is one of the finest examples of 19th-century Georgian architecture in North America. Free admission. Guided tour takes about 15 minutes. Open weekdays, 8:30am to 4:30pm; guide tours in July and August, 9am to 5pm, weekends and holidays 10am to 4pm. 1726 Hollis St. 902-424-4661. nslegislature.ca ST. GEORGE’S GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH The heart of Halifax’s vibrant Greek community, this church hosts concerts, cultural and community events, plus the annual Halifax Greek Festival in mid-June. 38 Purcell’s Cove Rd. 902-479-1271. halifaxgreeks.ca ST. GEORGE’S ROUND CHURCH (AnglicAn) In building this unique church, the German congregation (see Little Dutch Church) had the help of a royal patron, Edward, Duke of Kent (father of Queen Victoria): a talented amateur architect with
HISTORIC HEART Province House is a National Historic Site and the oldest seat of government in Canada. MAY 2018–OCTOBER 2018 //