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St John's Cathedral

Belize City, Belize
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Ranked #6 of 16 Attractions in Belize City
Type: Religious Sites, Natural History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: This is the oldest Anglican Church in Central America.
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Type: Religious Sites, Natural History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: This is the oldest Anglican Church in Central America.
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Southern California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I personally love to visit old places that are still being used. St. John's is just such a place. You can admire the old brick work, stained glass, and how the church is set up to serve it's parishioners today. A fun little visit for a history buff.

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Mesa, Arizona
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The added electrical fans and lighting hanging from the ceiling take away from the interiors charm, but the front door and the exterior are beautiful.

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Belmopan, Belize
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The Cathedral, built in 1812 of bricks is truly a place to visit. The guide at the office told of its history with reverence....The British, after winning the Battle of St. George's Caye and deciding that this land will now be our home, started erecting landmark buildings in the settlement of British Honduras -- using the bricks that came on... More 

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Sparta, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We got to go to the cathedral on our city tour of Belize. Pretty front doors made out of mahogany wood. pretty inside as well, but small. they ask for donations from anyone who visits, there is a box by the front door. Outside the cathedral is neat as well. Make sure to go around back, there is a pretty... More 

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Belize
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The church is more interesting from the outside. It's an old buliding, From inside is plain Aglican style with nothing interesting. No pictures, no paintings, nada! The walls are filed with incriptions from donators!! The roof is from wood!!! Anyway, since Belize city has very few attractions, it's a must see! It's an old church after all!

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Seattle, Washington
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118 reviews 118 reviews
70 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Out of the shopping chaos is St. John's Cathedral which is build of early bricks and mahogany. It is like a who's who of British Honduras to the era of Belize as a Commonwealth country. It has memorial plaques for Milbourne Griffiths who was the Surveyor General of the original colonies boundaries to Dean Vernon who presided over the restoration... More 

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Monroe Twp., NJ
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We had a self-guided walking tour of Belize City. St. John's Cathedral was one of the sites. Interested in history and being Anglican, I wanted to visit. I was disappointed that schools was being held and didn't enter the church. I was glad that the church was being used in an educational way.

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San Antonio, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We just basically stumbled on this site while walking around the city. We spent about 10 minutes inside and talking to the priest. The church has an incredible and interesting history. What really made the experience great was receiving a smiling, "Good morning!" from each one of the many polite, uniformed first-graders and their teachers as they walked in.

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NY
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177 reviews 177 reviews
44 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

The church isn't a prestigious or glamorous edifice, but the story of its construction, and the different shades of the bricks is a sobering reminder of mankind's sordid history. Interesting paradox that the bricks used to ballast slave ships were ultimately used to build a place of worship.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Took a noisy walk down the mainstreet and just when we thought we should turn back, we saw the signs for the Cathedral and carried on. Church is small and airy, certainly not your European Cathedral. We spent about 10 minutes looking around and since there's not a lot to do in Belize City, it was worth the look. Just... More 

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