For more than 300 years, the “holy city” has survived fires and bombardment, earthquakes and hurricanes, building an enduring heritage that continues to fascinate residents and visitors alike. Overflowing with architectural gems, downtown Charleston is a walking museum. Across the rivers, many antebellum plantations give visitors a glimpse of southern colonial life. Attractions like Fort Sumter and the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley also are popular historic destinations.