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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  • While not the oldest church structure on the island, this beautiful old structure oozes history that dates back to the late 1600s. Check out the unique arched wood plank ceiling that mimics a boat hul...  more »
  • Plaques covering the walls with memorials to the thousands who died of yellow fever from the 1700's on. Very interesting if you are a history buff.  more »
  • This looks more like a small English Parish Church rather than a Cathedral but it was still pleasant to walk around with some very interesting historical features.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Grand old cathedral in dire need of repairs
  • It's a gorgeous church. Let's pray to God. ****
  • Nice church/ cemetery
  • One of the oldest churches in barbados

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