St. John's Cathedral

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St. John's Cathedral is a historic Anglican church that watches over the island from a hilltop in St. John's. Though it was originally built in the 17th century, it remains in use to this day and serves as the seat of the Diocese of the North East Caribbean and Aruba. Visitors are welcomed in daily to peruse the religious relics housed within the countlessly rebuilt walls.

What to Expect

A wide collection of historic religious pieces are housed at St. John's Cathedral, each with a story to tell. Some such items include two large silver chalises circa the 17th century, six silver-plated Alms plates from 1839, countless historic crosses in numerous materials, and more. The most famed treasure at St. John's Cathedral is an Alms Dish from 1715 to 1716 that measures 18 inches and has been fastened to a painting of the Last Supper. It was gifted to the Cathedral in 1724 by John Otto Baijer. Also of note are the Memorial Tablets which are hung around the walls of the Cathedral and that tell the tale of Antigua's history.

St. John's cathedral is noted for its tall twin towers and iron gates flanked by lead carved figures of St. John the Divine and St. John the Baptist. Originally destined for Martinique, the statues were taken from a French ship in 1756 and given to the church.

Staying Close

You may enjoy staying in downtown St. John's if you plan on visiting St. John's Cathedral, as those visiting this region of Antigua will have the benefit of convenient access to the historical site during their visit. You can expect little traffic surrounding this historic site, particularly since there are so few hotel booking options close.

Hotels near St. John's Cathedral
Hotel Type Distance Direction
City View Hotel Hotel 0.0 mi. (0.4 km) NW
Heritage Hotel Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.3 km) SW
Anchorage Inn Hotel -- --
Serendipity Cottages Cottages 1.3 mi. (2.4 km) NNE

Location and What's Nearby

If you find yourself hungry after viewing the historic site, no problem -- you can find a plentiful supply of local restaurants within traveling distance. Sapodilla, which has a menu full of eclectic fare, is also the most convenient option for visitors to this historical site. Also within a short distance, you'll have eateries including Hemingway's Caribbean Cafe and KFC High Street where you and your group should test out American cuisine and enjoy the local foods and culture of Antigua.

Information

Operating Hours

The schedule of operation for St. John's Cathedral isn't readily available, meaning your top option is phoning ahead of time to make certain the attraction is going to be open for business during the time you and your party have decided to stop by.

Payment

Entry is free.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (268) 462-0820
FAX: (268) 462-5402

Location: Church Lane, downtown St. John's, Antigua

Website: http://thestjohnscathedral.com/

Email: cathedral@actol.net

 

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