The Independence Arch was build in 1987 to commemorate Barbados' 21st anniversary of Independence. Until Independence was achieved on November 30th 1966, Barbados was a British colony.
The arch depicts several aspects of Barbados heritage and culture. The pillars showcase two important national symbols - the flying fish and pelican - along with the Pride of Barbados flower. Across the top of the arch is the islands Coat of Arms bearing the national motto 'Pride and Industry'. At the base of the arch is the National Pledge.
During November (the month of celebration of Barbados' independence) the Independence Arch is lighted in the national colours of Blue and Gold.
Just to the east of the arch is Independence Square, a lovely oasis amidst the bustling city. This is a wonderful place to relax after shopping and sightseeing in Bridgetown.