St. Michael's Cathedral, Bridgetown

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Geographic coordinates

13.0978°N 59.6124°WCoordinates: 13.0978°N 59.6124°W

Affiliation: Anglican

Municipality: Bridgetown

Province: Province of the West Indies

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, two blocks east of National Heroes Square; at the centre of Bridgetown, Barbados. The Cathedral is the tallest of the Anglican (Church of England)'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 appointment 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 is a marble baptismal font dating to the 17th century. 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.

The St. Michael's Cathedral continues to be used as a place of regular worship. In the 21st century, it is working to raise funds to restore the building.

In the church's graveyard are the graves[3] of two of Barbados' most outstanding public figures: Sir Grantley Adams (the first chief minister of Barbados and the first and only Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation) and that of his son, Tom Adams, the island's second Prime Minister. Also buried there is William Brandford Griffith (colonial administrator), former Governor of the Gold Coast (British colony on the Gulf of Guinea in west Africa that became the independent nation of Ghana in 1957).
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  • Once again not to far from the cruise ship port and close to bridgetown centre. Take a walk around the outside and take some photos.  more »
  • This was my second visit to this beautiful cathedral. The interior is lovely as well as the exterior. Worth the walk to view it.  more »
  • This Cathedral is a must see for anybody regardless of what faith you follow. It is full of history and wandering through both the church and the cemetery gives one a real sense of somberness and...  more »
  • My favourite place of worship
  • Lovely programme
  • The church is excellent place where bring a young children to Church. The church is always open in a morning and after noon as tour . The church is always clean no garbage at all inside or outside.
  • One of the oldest churches in barbados
  • It's a gorgeous church. Let's pray to God. ****

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