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the compact historic district alone. Thirty-acre Forsyth Park serves as a central gathering place and one of the best people-watching spots in the Southeast. The fabled Forsyth Park Fountain, built more than 150 years ago, is an iconic landmark and meeting place. The park has served as an inspiration or backdrop for many novels and films, including "Forrest Gump." More than 40 percent of the 2,500 buildings inventoried in Savannah have architectural or historical significance, according to the Savannah Historical Foundation. Two of the most striking structures highlight Savannah's rich and diverse religious background. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is often referred to as the "Sistine Chapel of the South." This French Gothic stunner is open daily for public visits. Its origin dates to the late 1700s when French emigres established a parish there. Notable features include soaring arched ceilings, elaborate stained-glass windows, carefully crafted stations of the cross and a massive, balconied pipe organ. The second structure, about a mile from the cathedral, is Congregation Mickve Israel. The Gothic revival sanctuary built in 1878 is home today to more than 400 Reform Jewish families. The congregation has roots extending back to 1733, and the site's museum celebrates centuries of Jewish life in the South. A deerskin Torah scroll dating back to the late 1400s is among the congregation's most precious artifacts. One of Savannah's most visited, and hauntingly beautiful, destinations remains the Bonaventure Cemetery. It has a prominent role in the quintessential Savannah novel and film, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." In-the-know locals also love strolling through Colonial Park Cemetery, a less frequented yet equally worthy destination. Established in 1750, the heavily tree-canopied park is the final resting place for many of Savannah's earliest citizens and a popular stop on many of the city's ghost tours. The nearby Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Savannah's first designated National Historic Landmark, is the one-time home of the founder of the Girl Scouts. House tours provide a fascinating look at this American icon. The Regency-style mansion was Courtesy of Visit Savannah Registration Now Open! June 10 – July 26, 2019 Featuring Camp Victor Charlotte Latin Summer Day Camps off er an amazing range of activities for campers age 5-15. If your camper is interested in Arts and Sciences, Technology or Sports, we have just the right fun-fi lled option. In addition, Camp Victor is a weekly, themed day camp with morning, afternoon and full day options. Count on Charlotte Latin Day Camps to think of everything to make your summer easy and your camper's summer the best ever! We have lunch options, before and after care and transportation. Our facilities and counselors are unparalleled. Spend the summer with us! Visit | 704.846.7277 BALLANTYNE SPRING 2019 85 Escape The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is called the "Sistine Chapel of the South."

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