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“interesting diversion” 4 of 5 stars
Review of St. Michael's Cathedral

St. Michael's Cathedral
Spry St. | east of National Heroes Sq., Bridgetown, Barbados
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Ranked #11 of 24 attractions in Bridgetown
Type: Religious Sites
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Owner description: The first American President George Washington attended services at this Bridgetown church in 1751.
London
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“interesting diversion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

It's small by European standards but holds a certain charm. You wont need more than 1/2 hour to go round and the graveyard has many impressive old tombs.

Visited November 2013
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“Simple but Elegant Colonial Church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

St Michael's began as a parish church but was elevated to cathedral status upon the establishment of the Diocese of Barbados (Anglican). It doesn't have the grandeur of so many European cathedrals, but it is a beautiful church, nevertheless. Clearly, it was built for worship rather than to prove the wealth of its builders. No statues, no frescoes, no ceiling artwork. It reminds me of a few of the colonial era protestant churches of Philadelphia in its simple style and in its adjoining graveyard.

The graveyard is worth a visit. It is now somewhat rundown and in disrepair, apparently as the result of a hurricane. Many of the graves date from the 1600s and 1700s and house important officials and military officers of that era.

When we visited, the apse of the church was draped, so apparently some repair or renovation was underway. Despite some need of restoration, the church is well maintained and reflects great pride.

Visited November 2013
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Ontario, Canada
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“Quite interesting if you like old churches”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

St Michael's is not a splendid cathedral of the Westminster Abbey type. It is not fancy but impressive nevertheless. It has a lot to offer. The graveyard has many impressive old tombs of people who were "important" in their day. It is well worth a wander. The cathedral's exterior is hard to photograph due to the huge trees situated at just the wrong angles. The Cathedral is open for visitors to wander around. It is larger than it looks from the outside. It is quite a peaceful place in the bustle of downtown Bridgetown. There is a large set of pipes up in the organ loft. Many old plaques are affixed to the interior walls, some telling very sad stories. We were glad that we visited St. Michael's.

Visited November 2013
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“A holy haven to rest your feet & pray”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

A few steps away from the commercial downtown bustle one can step back 250 years into the colonial history of this Anglican island.

Visited December 2012
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“BEAUTIFUL!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Went to Mass while we were there for our 25th anniversary. Beautiful church and wonderful priest who had an amazing homily!

Visited June 2013
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