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Spanish Town

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. Although the original building is no longer standing there is still a real sense of history about the place, and the aisles are dotted with the tombstones of many notable people from Jamaica's history. Another landmark in the area 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, allowing visitors insight into the traditional culture and lifestyles of the Jamaican people; and the Town Square is overlooked by the Old King's House, the former residence of Jamaica's British governors, that once hosted Admiral Lord Nelson and Captain Bligh of HMS Bounty infamy. Spanish Town also has a very busy, colourful local market in the Town Square. Spanish Town is an interesting and historic area to wander through and is best tackled on foot.