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Review of St. Peter's Church

St. Peter's Church
Ranked #75 of 118 things to do in Antigua
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Owner description: An architectural masterpiece in the tiny town of Parham, featuring a ribbed wooden ceiling and stucco walls.
Bedford, Canada
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“Worth a trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014 via mobile

We were staying at theVerandah Hotel. We drove our rental car into St. John's and on the way back took a road up to the coast to see the church. I am not sure what road we took-signs are not frequent in Antigua-but we shared the road with a large flock of goats. The few cars on the road weaved around the goats and the potholes and we found the church with a little difficulty. There were no signs to indicate which way to go but it was well worth the trip. The church is as beautiful as the other reviewers say and the pictures reflect that.


Visited February 2014
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“Unique church overflowing with serenity....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013

We found this church via a rental car from St John’s port and it’s a shame that it isn’t promoted more for tourists. Parham is the oldest town in the country (established in 1632) and very much off the beaten path - near the Harbour with the same name in the northern area of the island.

This charming church (open to the public) was built in 1840, replacing two original buildings and considered a “masterpiece”. The building suffered some damage during an earthquake in 1843 and we did see a few external cracks. Overall it looks a bit neglected but the stonework is still very beautiful.

The unique, octagonal, Italianate design is remarkable and the facade is splendidly adorned with stuccowork. Once inside as you look up, you can’t miss the astonishing ridged ceiling made of wood. The alter section is adorned with two vividly coloured stain glass, windows while the whole look is unadorned and simple.

Row upon row of pews are made of wood with a little white paint and we felt the serenity here sitting on one for them a few quiet moments. It’s still a working community church and the pigeons make it their home in the eaves too! Our side trip was worth the extra time and the church deserves more patronage – you can leave a donation to help. No one bothered us, we were the only ones there and the whole town seemed quite sleepy mid afternoon.

Enjoy your experience!

Visited January 2013
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“Gorgeous wooden ceiing and scenic graveyard”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

This church is one of my favorite places on the island. The wooden ceiling is like nothing you've seen before -- stunningly beautiful and you can get some amazing photos. Parham is definitely off the beaten path and we didn't see any other tourists when we walked into the tiny town. But we loved the church and the overgrown graveyard is very scenic. I'm not sure when the church is open, but when we stopped by on a Sunday afternoon the doors were unlocked and we walked right in. No one else was inside. The church could use some restoring, but the ceiling is intact and, as I said, it's unusual and beautiful. When we showed some locals our pictures of the inside of this church, no one recognized it. The church is definitely a gem waiting to be discovered.

Visited July 2011
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