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Built in 1850, Freemason Street Baptist Church is a historic baptist church designed by Thomas Ustick Walter. Made in the Perpendicular Gothic style, the stuccoed brick church also has an octagonal spire on top. Coffee hours are also held after worship time where visitors to the church can meet and interact with locals and other spiritual seekers. Book clubs, interfaith dialogues spiritual retreats and workshops are also organized by the church on a regular basis. One of the best religious sights in the city, Freemason Street Baptist Church is a must-visit for anyone who is in town for a couple of days.
One of Virginia's greatest cities, Norfolk is home to the world's largest naval base, Naval Station Norfolk. Among its notable landmarks, Battleship Wisconsin, an Iowa-class ship was one of the largest constructed by the U.S. Navy and served for over 50 years, surviving World War II and the Korean War, following which it became a training ship for several years till being upgraded and seeing action in Operation Desert Storm. Having earned six battle stars, the ship today is open to visitors wishing to learn more about naval history. It's not all about the navy though, as the city also features its fair share of cultural and educational attractions like the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk Botanical Garden and Virginia Zoo. The port town is also host to a dynamic art scene, upbeat nightlife, and a great waterfront district with plenty of entertainment.
St. Paul's dates back to 1739, making it one of the oldest original colonial buildings in Norfolk, but the history of the parish goes back even farther than that. Today, visitors to the church can still see a cannonball that was lodged there in 1776. The church also houses some historic grave sites dating back to the 17th Century.
This tall monument, found in the West Point Cemetery, is one of the one African-American Civil War monuments in the South. After a long, fraught building process, the monument was finally completed in 1920, in honor of all the African-American soldiers that lost their lives. The soldier depicted at the monument's top is Sergeant William H. Carney, the son of two emancipated slaves. The monument bears an inscription in his honor - and all the other soldiers that died - at the base.