A regal city steeped in history, Savannah commands attention as Georgia's oldest. The lamp post-lit cobblestoned streets of the historic district lead to picturesque landscaped gardens, quiet squares shaded by oaks and wreathed in Spanish moss, and historic homes rich with Southern charm. From the French Gothic steeples of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to the riverside buzz of beautiful River Street, the past and present blend seamlessly in this urban Southern metropolis. A vibrant seaport on the Atlantic, the city has long had ties with trade and played a crucial role in events that have shaped the fabric of American History from its times as a British capital in the colonial era to the American Civil War. Today the city plays host to thousands of events round the year and invites visitors to discover for themselves what makes the city so alluring.