Steeple, Trinity Episcopal church, Abbeville, SC, built 1859
Image by Martin LaBar (going on hiatus)
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This is a photo of the steeple of Trinity Episcopal Church, in Abbeville, South Carolina, USA, which, according to the link in this sentence, was both the birthplace and the deathbed of the confederacy, one side of the U. S. Civil war. The church was built in 1859. A sign in front of it says that the confederate army wanted to use the metal of the church’s bell for weapons.
Unfortunately, the church seems to be neglected. There was a bulletin about a service, over a month old, in a sign at the front. If you look carefully, especially at the larger sizes, you can see some loose shingles, or something, in the steeple. There were patches of discoloration/decay all over the walls. It’s too bad that this building needs repair and care. The Bible says that the church is God’s people, not buildings, but buildings are still important in worship.
Although not necessary, steeples are common on top of Christian houses of worship, because, I believe, they symbolize pointing toward heaven.
See the comment by annacablanna, below, who says that the church is still in use.