St. John's Anglican Cathedral in Antigua and Barbuda

25-Feb-2024 • St. John's Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda was an island I had visited once before. That trip though took place 27 years ago. My partner and I were on our very first cruise then sailing on Carnival Cruise Line's M/V Tropicale. Honestly, I never thought I'd ever return.

Back then, we joined a shore excursion that took us to the island's most important attractions, Nelson's Dockyard and the Shirley Heights Interpretation Center. If I'm not mistaken, that tour took most of the day and it left us very little time if any to explore the city center on our own afterwards. It was for this reason, we decided to discover the capital city of St. John's on our own this time around.

Back in 1996, I remember vividly how the city's Anglican Cathedral, St. John's Cathedral, stuck out in the city's skyline as we sailed away. It left me wishing I had visited it too. This time around, we were determined to see it first before anything else. Sure enough, the directions to the cathedral given by other cruisers to the island were spot on. It was a quick and easy walk from the cruise terminal. Admission was free. We went in and took a lot of pictures both inside and outside the cathedral.

A view of the centuries old Anglican St. John's Cathedral in downtown St. John's.

The main facade of St. John's Anglican Cathedral

A historical church it certainly was. Centuries old! We saw grave sites dating back to the 1800s.

Another very old grave site.

This was one grave site from the 1800s.

Bread fruit grown on the cathedral grounds

A look inside St. John's Cathedral

There were two elderly ladies who welcomed visitors to the cathedral. We chatted with them and they gave us a brief history of the cathedral. They mentioned that it had been recently underwent a much needed renovation. I remember them saying that the wood used to most of the church interior as well as the pews was Mahogany.