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Spanish Town

Spanish Town © Not home
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The neighbourhood known as Spanish Town is on the western outskirts of Kingston, and was capital of the island under Spanish rule between 1662 and 1872. Today the architecture is an interesting mix of Spanish and British Georgian, and there are some historic attractions to explore.

St James Cathedral is the oldest Anglican church outside England, having been built in 1523. Another landmark is the Old Iron Bridge, a cast-iron bridge spanning the Rio Colbre erected in 1801. The Jamaican People's Museum of Crafts and Technology showcases some vintage farm implements, musical instruments and pottery, giving an insight into the traditional lifestyle of the Jamaican people. Town Square is overlooked by the Old King's House, the former residence of Jamaica's British governors.

Spanish Town also has a colourful local market in the Town Square. It's an interesting and historic area to wander through and is best tackled on foot.