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Derek Walcott Square

Castries, St. Lucia
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Ranked #12 of 17 Attractions in Castries
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This town square is named for Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, a native of the island.
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Near the city centre, this square was renamed from Columbus Square to honour the 1992 winner of the Nobel prize for literature. It is a large open space, housing the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, a 19th century church with wooden columns and bright Caribbean roof paintings, and also the Carnegie library. Look at the Samaan tree in the square which... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This lovely square is worth a quick stop to view the Nobel monuments. The grounds are in good shape, was disappointed that the fountain was not in operation. There was a large youth event going on in the park so it was nice to see that the locals use the space.

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hood river
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The St Lucians are rightly proud of having 2 Nobel Peace Laureates from their island & this is where they honor them.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Square is lovely, very colonial, but nothing really to do there. I expected a bar or cafe where I could sit & watch the world go by, but really buses just go there, let people have 15 minutes & then reload. The church on the corner has an amazing interior - go have a peep if you can

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Birmingham
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This is on the sightseeing list but not really worth a visit. The town itself is quite shabby except for the shops which aim at the cruise ships which dock there (e.g. diamonds, gold)

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San Diego, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

If the gates had been open it would have been so much nicer. Named after the poet laureate Derek Walcott, there's a 400 y/o tree residing on the land that's pretty impressive. It was next to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral so pretty much a 2-fer.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Just a small square in the centre of town adjacent to the cathedral. Nothing special apart from the ancient tree that lives there

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Cold Spring, NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

After visiting the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, we found Derek Walcott Square adjacent to it. It appeared very attractive and seemed like a pleasant place to sit in the shade and relax before walking back to our cruise ship. When we approached we found that the square was surrounded by a fence and the gates were locked. From outside we could... More

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Los Angeles, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

My experience at this square was positive. It is located right downtown Castries near the Castries market and is apart of the nucleus of the city. It is a enclosed lawn and public park area when the statute of the Nobel Poet Laureate, Derek Walcott, presides. Because, St Lucia has 2 Nobel Laureates, it also houses the statue of Economics... More

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yorks
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

every time we went to town this little park gates where chained up and you could not get in from what we could see it did not appear up to much and it was not worth the bother of seeking this out

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