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St John's Cathedral

Belize City, Belize
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Ranked #7 of 16 Attractions in Belize City
Type: Religious Sites, Natural History Museums
Description: This is the oldest Anglican Church in Central America.
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Sparta, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I did not go inside but the building is a must-see for history buffs. The local history is very interesting here.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

I visited on a Friday afternoon to find the church locked. The grounds were flooded from rainfall. Garbage can inside church grounds out front along the street's sidewalk overflowed with trash. I was unimpressed. Perhaps if the church had been opened I would have enjoyed it better. The Governor's House across the street was better to see and visit. It... More

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Mandeville, Louisiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Not much to see. Anglican, plain. They do operate a school and soup kitchen, so make your donations here.

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