Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
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Religious and architectural landmark, a beautiful neo-Baroque building looming largely over the city of St. John's.
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  • Amanda W
    1,095 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the walk
    A walk up hill from the cruise port but not too far. All the local I passed were very friendly. Don't miss the little shop at the entrance to the cemetery - I bought little nativity scenes in calabash nuts. The cathedral is all polished wood inside supposedly to protect the building from earthquakes and hurricanes.
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • S L
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Please donate a bit..a quick walk from the cruise ships
    It seems most of the major renovations have been done although please put donation money in their boxes as I think the roof needs fixing. It is gorgeous and a step back in time...you could tell there had been earthquakes just looking at the topography there with grave stones moved etc. I heard Oprah has a place on the island somewhere...instead of spending millions to refurbish one of her bathrooms she should do something wonderful for this run down island!!!!!!!!!!!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Seamus
    Oakville, Canada1,549 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Needs Some Government Support
    Reputed to be the largest of its kind in the Caribbean this seat of Anglicanism in the area is actually the third iteration of the church originally consecrated in 1683, and subsequently destroyed by damage or earthquake in later centuries. The structure is magnificent from afar, making a reference point for we tourists returning to the northwest area of the country. Sadly, only the interior has received the necessary work, allowing regular masses to be celebrated. The woodwork throughout is exceptionally fine and, like a previous reviewer, I also felt it ship-like in appearance and ambience. The exterior, however, is verging on a crumbling mess. There remains only one entrance to this edifice and the grounds are dilapidated. Funding for the extensive and necessary renovations of the exterior cannot simply be left to donations, but should be augmented by the government for this important historic site. Apart from the market in early morning, this sacred place is the only reason to enter the capital of Antigua.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 9, 2024
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David S
Middlesbrough, UK2,310 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Not sure if it was legit but $5 to enter a muchly inside renovated church but still a lot of work to do outside the building. Very atmospheric and utterly charming.
Written March 21, 2024
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JLB010
Hartford, CT159 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Watch out when the cruise ships are in town. When we got to the church there was a handmade cardboard sign with an entrance fee in various currencies. Churches don’t charge admission, so I figured this was a local scam to get the cruise crowd. Same thing happened in the local museum which I read was free. We gave up…sick of always being “taken”.
Written March 14, 2024
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Seamus
Oakville, Canada1,549 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Reputed to be the largest of its kind in the Caribbean this seat of Anglicanism in the area is actually the third iteration of the church originally consecrated in 1683, and subsequently destroyed by damage or earthquake in later centuries. The structure is magnificent from afar, making a reference point for we tourists returning to the northwest area of the country. Sadly, only the interior has received the necessary work, allowing regular masses to be celebrated. The woodwork throughout is exceptionally fine and, like a previous reviewer, I also felt it ship-like in appearance and ambience. The exterior, however, is verging on a crumbling mess. There remains only one entrance to this edifice and the grounds are dilapidated. Funding for the extensive and necessary renovations of the exterior cannot simply be left to donations, but should be augmented by the government for this important historic site. Apart from the market in early morning, this sacred place is the only reason to enter the capital of Antigua.
Written March 9, 2024
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Patricia C
Doncaster, UK4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Went to see the cathedral only to find it was closed very disappointing experience as we took taxi from our resort especially to see it
Written January 15, 2024
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browncondo2102
Kitchener, Canada1,697 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It sits at the highest point in St John's. It was built and rebiult from the mid 1600's, 1700's and 1800's as it was destroyed twice by eathquakes. The wood features inside are absolutely gorgeous.
Written December 21, 2023
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S L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
It seems most of the major renovations have been done although please put donation money in their boxes as I think the roof needs fixing. It is gorgeous and a step back in time...you could tell there had been earthquakes just looking at the topography there with grave stones moved etc. I heard Oprah has a place on the island somewhere...instead of spending millions to refurbish one of her bathrooms she should do something wonderful for this run down island!!!!!!!!!!!
Written December 1, 2023
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Amanda W
Oxford, England1,095 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
A walk up hill from the cruise port but not too far. All the local I passed were very friendly. Don't miss the little shop at the entrance to the cemetery - I bought little nativity scenes in calabash nuts. The cathedral is all polished wood inside supposedly to protect the building from earthquakes and hurricanes.
Written July 25, 2023
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Robert B
Massanutten, VA314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This wonderful old cathedral is going through major repairs, but is very beautiful and interesting the tour. The interior has magnificent wood surfaces from the floor to the ceilings. The exterior is in pretty bad shape but restoration is continuing. I hope the repairs continue until this building is restored to its original glory!
Written March 25, 2023
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ2,021 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We did a walking tour of the Town of St John. Part of that was the Cathedral. Unlike European Cathedrals the entire inside is finished with wood. Beautiful craftsmanship and there is stain glass also.
There is a mezzanine but it isn't used much. This was the church of the gentry and business owners.
Written March 22, 2023
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Peter M
Chalfont St Peter, UK384 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Visited Saint John's Cathedral and was amazed by the beautiful carpentry inside. The woodwork is impressive and to me looks like the interior of an old sailing ship. Worth a walk to and around to see this restored wooden interior.
Written March 14, 2023
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