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“Seems austere....until you look at the graceful features”

St. Michael's Cathedral
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Bridgetown Walking Tour in Barbados
Ranked #17 of 91 things to do in Bridgetown
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Owner description: The first American President George Washington attended services at this Bridgetown church in 1751.
Reviewed 19 June 2013

If you are walking around the crowded streets of Bridgetown as we did, you will stumble on this Cathedral about 2 blocks from National Heroes’ Square. It’s the number one ranking church in the Anglican Diocese but interestingly seems quite austere inside/outside. Until we noticed the unique glass windows, the curved shingle covered ceiling, impressive choir organ pipes, upper side balconies, the enormous number of wooden pews and a font dating back to the 1600’s.

It’s not the original church nor on the original site due damage over the centuries.The exterior is made from distinctively coloured coral rock and has a remarkable clock tower. Walk into the graveyard for a nostalgic journey through past lives while reading some faded encryptions. Inside and out, this church radiates tranquility and apparently some catacombs lie underneath the cathedral - although we saw no sign indicating this.

Open hours: Monday to Friday (not sure about weekends), Admission: free but donations are sorely needed as restoration work continues. Our visit was an interesting side trip playing the tourist but we also made time to reflect and pray (and to very cheekily escape the humidity). A couple of churchwardens monitor the two entry doors (do not act as guides) and it's clearly a working church with various daily/Sunday services.

St Michael’s may have lost some of it grandeur however; it’s still a beautiful church with stunning architecture and graceful, interior features – well worth some tourist time or worship while in Bridgetown.

Enjoy your experience!

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Reviewed 28 March 2013

Although the cathedral of Bridgetown, it does need to have work done it and this is being done. Outside looked very tired but when back up to scratch should appear to be as attractive a building as it deserves

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Reviewed 16 March 2013

I have gone to church here regularly for many years. The architecture is beautiful but sadly the ageing building is not showing its best face. The church has been under renovations for the past few years. Still, Anglican services continues here every Sunday and Wednesday. The graves of some very famous Barbadians and colonial soldiers are situated at this church. There are plaques in the walls and floors of the church commemorating stalwarts from centuries ago. There are inscriptions on the baptismal font. The messages are in old English so it is very interesting to read a few.

1  Thank Sade H
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

Just as you approach thinking "what a shame it's so shabby" you might be lucky enough to catch the beauty of a service in full flow and the glimpses of (mainly older) Barbadians in Sunday best (it was a Wednesday), including hats, and singing traditional hymns. A lovely reminder of what these buildings are genuinely about and a welcome respite from the heat for us nosy tourists. A walk round the graveyard emphasises the history of the island.

Thank MrsCusack
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Reviewed 9 February 2013

Unique in the West Indies, I suspect. Modest building externally, but a cathedral-scale barrel roof and galleries inside. Not especially set up for tourist visits - we went at the end of Sunday service (great singing in the Anglican tradition) - but many sculptural wall plaques inside and interesting tombstones outside, recording the overseas British community and "worth a visit".

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