Top Religious Sites, Bridgetown

Top Religious Sites (Self Guided), Bridgetown

Bridgetown, the capital of the island of Barbados, unites various denominations within its perimeter. This is a result of Barbados’ past, which involved the island’s fall into the British colony net. Today, the most dominant denomination is the Anglican one, with quite a number of churches. Take this tour to find out more about religion in Bridgetown and its evolution.
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Top Religious Sites Map

Guide Name: Top Religious Sites
Guide Location: Barbados » Bridgetown (See other walking tours in Bridgetown)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Author: HelenF
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Mary's Anglican Church
  • Nidhe Israel Synagogue
  • St. Michael's Cathedral
  • Bethel Methodist Church
  • St. Patrick's Catholic Church
St. Mary's Anglican Church

1) St. Mary's Anglican Church

St. Mary's Anglican Church is a wonderful church, considered to be one of the oldest in Bridgetown. Works upon this brick construction finished in 1825, and two years later it was consecrated. It is a church with an elaborate schedule, given the times of services; one can join the Holy Mass each day, except Mondays and Saturdays. It is hard not to notice the church, because its yard -- rather unique in Bridgetown.
Nidhe Israel Synagogue

2) Nidhe Israel Synagogue

The Nidhe Israel Synagogue is currently the only synagogue situated in Bridgetown. It also holds the distinction of being one of the oldest synagogues in the western hemisphere and a Barbados National Trust property. In 2011 the Synagogue and excavated Mikvah were designated as UNESCO protected properties within the World Heritage Site of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison area.

Built in 1654, it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1831, was rebuilt, fell into disrepair until it was sold in 1929. Haim Isaac Carigal was in Barbados, perhaps acting as rabbi of the congregation, at the time of his death in 1777. About 300 Jewish people of Recife, Brazil, persecuted by the Portuguese, settled in Barbados in the 1660s. Skilled in the sugar industry, they quickly introduced the sugarcane crop and passed on their skills in cultivation and production to the Barbados land owners. With their help, Barbados went on to become one of the world's major sugar producers and one of the richest European territories in the West Indies. The Nidhe Israel Museum was opened in 2008.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
St. Michael's Cathedral

3) St. Michael's Cathedral (must see)

The Cathedral Church of Saint Michael and All Angels (formerly The St. Michael's Parish Church), is an Anglican church located on St. Michael's Row at the centre of Bridgetown. The Cathedral is the highest of the Anglican's houses of worship within Barbados. Originally consecrated in 1665, and then rebuilt in 1789 it was elevated to Cathedral status in 1825 with the appointing of Bishop Coleridge to head the newly created Diocese of Barbados and the Leeward Islands. The first parish church to be built was the St. Michael's Parish Church, which was located where the St. Mary's Anglican Church now stands.

The original St. Michael's Parish Church was a small wooden church constructed between 1660 and 1665. Destroyed by a hurricane in 1780, the church was rebuilt nine years later. The church was later damaged in the great hurricane of 1831 but not destroyed. When the Diocese of Barbados was established, the St. Michael's Parish Church became the St. Michael's Cathedral with Bishop William Hart Coleridge as its first bishop in 1825. The St. Michael Cathedral is made of coral stone with a beautiful tower and stunning stained glass windows. Inside the church one can see a marble font which dates back to the 1600s, The Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament was added in 1938 and features a roof covered in wallaba heartwood shingles and a Canterbury Cross on the northern wall.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Bethel Methodist Church

4) Bethel Methodist Church

The Bethel Methodist Church is a part of the Methodist Church in the Carribbean and the Americas. In 1789, the Methodists came to Barbados with the aim to convert the oppressed slaves to Christianity. Unfortunately, the plantocracy saw Methodism as a threat to their ways, so they went against it. At the present day, there are some Methodist churches left - Bethel Church is one of them.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church

5) St. Patrick's Catholic Church

St. Patrick's Catholic Church is an active place of worship that seeks to share the love of God with all believers. It performs numerous services during the week, where people gather to offer prayers to God. The church plays an important role in Bridgetown’s social life, helping out children from poor families and performing other charity deeds. One will find the church’s building quite beautiful, from an architectural point of view, and its history entertaining.

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