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 area of Antigua will be excited to have easy access to this historic attraction during their time there. With only a few accommodations around the neighborhood around this historical site, only moderate foot traffic can be anticipated.

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

Those visiting St. John's Cathedral will have access to one or two island activities like golfing and heading to the beach not far away. Vacationers who are interested in showing their talents at the green, will want to do so at the most convenient option, which is Cedar Valley Golf Club. Uneventful days can also be planned at Fort James Beach, the nearest beach. Also, your party may come across a few more beach and golf choices in the community. Visitors will also find multiple indoor attractions in the vicinity. For those not wanting to have to travel a great distance, there are another pair of nearby places you may want to check out--The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda and Deluxe Cinemas.


Operating Hours

The opening and closing hours for St. John's Cathedral are not readily available, meaning your smartest chance at success is calling early to make certain the attraction will be open to visitors when you and your group aim to stop by.


Entry is free.

Contact Information

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

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




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