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St. John's Cathedral

St. John's Cathedral © D'Arcy Norman
St. John's Cathedral © D'Arcy Norman

St John's Cathedral has been destroyed and rebuilt time and time again since it was erected in 1683 and has seen its fair share of earthquakes and hurricanes. For years, the cathedral had negative connotations with the black slaves in Antigua, as they viewed it as a giant white strength of the English, who first settled here in 1632. One of the most iconic buildings in St John's, the 70 foot-tall (21 m) white towers of this baroque cathedral overlook the city and port welcoming visitors with their majestic beauty and presence. The current church has remained standing since 1845 and is built out of freestone while the interior is encased in pitch pine, built with the intention of protecting the cathedral from natural disasters.

Address: Between Long and Newgate Streets at Church Lane