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Cottle Church

Nevis
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Ranked #4 of 33 Attractions in Nevis
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: See the ruins of this church, otherwise known as St. Mark’s Chapel of Ease. Slaves and free men...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: See the ruins of this church, otherwise known as St. Mark’s Chapel of Ease. Slaves and free men could once worship here together.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

Upon visiting the Cottle church I felt a warmness also like a welcome. It was so beautiful peaceful and serene. I touched the walls of the church and I just wanted to shout out with joy! Me Cottle is a prime example of grace mercy and humility. God rest his soul he will always be remembered as an angel and... More 

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London
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Cottle church is a hidden gem as it is off the main circular island road and up a grass track. It is imbued with history - when it officially opened I'm 1824 it was the first church on the island to welcome both slaves and plantation owners to worship under the same roof.

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Walkable from Oualie Beach, interesting history and well worth a visit. The church has been restored but is more of a shell with no roof. You can still get married here apparently. It's the first church in the Caribbean that was open to all people whatever their colour or race.

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NJ, USA
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This restored piece of history is beautiful. If you are in the area, I would recommend the trip. It is close to the main road.

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5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Saw this as part of an island tour - very informative display boards on the history of the church, and in a sublime setting too.

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Metuchen, New Jersey
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The ruins of Thomas Cottle's church stand a short walk away from the Mt. Nevis Hotel. Elegant in themselves, these ruins are also representative of milestone in the history of slavery in the Americas. Cottle built this first church where both slaves and whites worshipped together as a testimony to his belief that all people are equal in the sight... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

A lot of work went into restoring this church. There is an area in the back to the left side of the church that described the history of the church, and the political and social background at that time. It was fascinating to read, and was a pleasant addition to our Nevis Island tour.

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Denton, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

This church is a significant piece of history, as the landowner built it for Whites and Blacks to worship together, during an era when this did not generally take place. Time has not been kind to the building, as it has lost its roof and part of the wall. Nevertheless, a local historical group has set up very good signs... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

Need a car but worth it. The first church where black and white people were encouraged to worship together.

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Saugerties, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

A piece of history that should not be missed.The ruins of this old church are quite beautiful. There are plaques with some information, but do wish there was a little more.

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