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04 February 2017
Open House: St. Michael's Cathedral

The Open House programme is presented by the Barbados National Trust.

St. Michael's Cathedral 
is this week's Open House. 

The first Church of St. Michael on this site was dedicated in 1665, and destroyed in the hurricane of 1780. The replacement, erected in 1789 of coral stone in a simple classical style, was then the largest church this side of the Atlantic. Recently refurbished, the church’s interior is quite stately, with galleries on three sides, fine stained glass windows, sculptures, a ceiling shaped like an upturned boat, and many other interesting features. The organ is one of the best in the West Indies. The choir will sing evensong at 5 pm.

From Highway 2A, turn inland at the Emancipation Statue roundabout, going down Government Hill to Tweedside Road. At the roundabout go left, and then take your next right onto Constitution Road. Pass Queens Park and turn right towards the Central Bank, where there will be parking. Look for our signs. The Cathedral is between St. Michael’s Row, the Central Bank plaza, and Spry Street.

General Bds $35.00
Children 5-12-y-o Half Price
Children under 5 Free
BARP, AARP and CARP Members $30.00
Members of the Barbados National Trust $25.00 upon presentation of membership card. Also applicable to reciprocating Trusts and Societies members.

Dress nicely casual.

No pre-booking is needed. Just follow the directions - look for the signs.

Call the Barbados National Trust at 426-2421 for more information and to ensure that the viewing is on as advertised.

Start time: 2:30 PM   End time: 5:30 PM

The Open Houses Programme is a Winter Season Tradition in Barbados presented by the Barbados National Trust (BNT).  It allows visitors and residents alike access to some of the island's loveliest houses.  Discover more about our island's diverse architecture and history.

The programme includes all types of houses - from the grand old plantation houses rich with centuries of history, to the newer, luxurious Bajan-style villas.

Grounds and gardens are part of the attraction.  Sip your rum punch in stunning tropical settings.

The BNT sets up a bazaar with books and crafts people.  Refreshments are on sale.
In addition, they provide historical and architectural information which you can take home with you at no additional cost.

At 3:15 pm, short lectures are given by the BNT's experts on heritage.  These are:

Prof Henry Fraser -
a past president of Barbados National Trust and the author of 'Historic Houses of Barbados' and 'Treasures of Barbados.'

Dr Karl Watson - BNT's current president and the editor of the journal of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society. He is also the author of the forthcoming book 'History of the Sephardic Jews of Barbados.'

The Barbados National Trust was founded in 1961 to preserve our unique heritage - be it historic buildings, place of natural beauty or out flora and fauna.

It's a very active Trust and was recently successful in achieving UNESCO International Heritage Site status for Bridgetown and its Garrison.


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