The city of Savannah is located in the southern state of Georgia, in United States. It is a very peculiar city where the architecture, food and charm of its people will enchant you. Do you want to visit it with us?
Notes from the city of SavannahSavannah City Hall
Savannah is part of the set of 13 original colonies of the United States. It is the oldest city in the state of Georgia, since it was founded in 1733with 120 passengers who had arrived on a ship called Anne.
The architecture and urban planning of the city attest to its history. A) Yes, It has a grid urbanization in which small squares are opened, 22 specifically, each with its own attraction (monument, fountain, etc.). Around them, wooden houses of soft colors and beautiful gardens or impressive churches are opened.
What to see in the city of Savannah
It is a small and quiet city, so, strolling through its streets is the best way to get to know it. Take note of the places you cannot miss:
The scenarios of Forrest Gump and the History MuseumBank of Forrest Gump - f_iodinea / Flickr.com
Among them, we must mention the Chippewa Square square,although the bank on which Forrest sat is in the Savannah History Museum. You can also visit the restaurant where Jenny worked as a waitress, the restaurant called Debi's.
Its neoclassical churches
Between them, highlights the cathedral of San Juan Bautista, founded in 1802 by the French escaped from Haiti. Also visit the Independent Presbyterian Church, classic style with large columns.
Stroll through its historic commercial areasRiver street
Highlights the City Market, the downtown commercial area. There you will find countless southern food establishments, delicious cafes and patisseries and dozens of shops souvenirs and of art. Do not forget that Savannah is home to SCAD, an art and design university that has its own stores and coffee shops.
And if you have more desire to visit commercial places, do not miss the walk along the river, the Factors Walk. It is a shopping area that has recovered old industrial buildings linked to the river. From there you can also enjoy the huge boats docked in it.
The colonial era mansionsMercer Williams House
The colonial-era Savannah had several of the best mansions in the southern United States. Today, some of them are open to the public. Do not miss the Mercer House, designed in 1860 by architect John S. Norris for General Hugh W. Mercer, famous for a rugged murder in his gardens.
The visit to the Owens-Thomas House is also very interesting, Built in 1819 by English architect William Jay for Richard Richardson, banker, shipping and slave trader. It highlights not only the beautiful mansion, but also the area dedicated to the slaves who worked in the cotton plantations.
From this same architect, you can visit the mansion of the Telfair family in Barnard Street, which was renovated in the 1880s. Today is the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Forsyth ParkForsyth Park
It is the largest urban park in Savannah, with about 120 000 m². In its vicinity we can find such important buildings as the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Paul, the Ralph Mark Gilbert Museum of Civil Rights and the Savannah Historical Theater.
Founded in 1840, the Confederation Memorial Monument and the nineteenth-century fountain (declared a historical monument of the city), the same as that of the Place de la Concorde in Paris, are a must-see within it.
Don't miss the cemeteries of the city of SavannahBonaventura Cemetery
The city has numerous cemeteries. The Colonial Park Cemetery es the oldest municipal cemetery in Savannah. It dates from 1750 and in it more than 9000 tombs are preserved. It is part of the configuration of the historic center of this city as one more park and is open for your visit.
You must also see the Greenwich Cemetery, located in the old Greenwich Plantation. It is a beautiful place full of manicured gardens of exotic plants and ancient statues, considered as 'the most magnificent private property in the south' during the colonial era.
Besides them, Another of the cemeteries you can visit is the Bonaventura Cemetery where you can find the tomb of Johnny Mercer, Savannah's favorite son and composer of dozens of Hollywood songs, such as Moon river sung by Frank Sinatra.