St. John's Parish Church
St. John's Parish Church
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JackofPBFL
Palm Bay, FL1,270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We visited St. John's parish church as part of a shore excursion. It is in a beautiful spot with ocean views of Bathsheba. The area is surrounded with old, large mahogany trees that do not give you a clue about the beauty of the wood that they contain. The graveyard is interesting and most of the people buried there are influential citizens of the parish. There is another grave yard across the road for ordinary people. The inside of the pseudo gothic church is quite beautiful.
Written January 24, 2022
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Picture_Perch
Windsor, Canada1,568 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We were on an excursion from our cruise ship and one of the stops was this location. Beautiful views and a gorgeous church with lots of history. Built on top of a hill with a very old cemetery built in the back. The plus was the trees in the area looked as old as the property. Pathways to stroll on in and outside of the church. Small store with drinks to buy and that day they were selling chicken wings from a bbq.
Written March 6, 2020
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Saint J
London, UK213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Its a nice church in a lovely location. There are however two frightened little doggies a mummy and pup who really need some good food. We took half a steak from a meal ( we always do that) and fed it to the little darlings and the mum went from sad and dejected to wagging her tail wildly. Please consider taking some meat for them, after all we are all gods creatures ! Thanks
Written February 15, 2020
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bigglesStrathaven
Glasgow, UK727 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
An island tour passing all places of interest including the Capital and seeing the earliest monument built for Admiral Lord Nelson in the city square plus the church with the past young prime ministers grave overlooking the ocean,walking along beaches seeing where the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea meets,rugged coastline and palm trees where we stopped.
Written April 14, 2020
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Papaleadfoot
Cave Creek, AZ376 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Gothic inspired 180 year old church with interesting interior with elaborately carved pulpit. Adjacent cemetery with gravesites of local luminaries..
Written April 11, 2020
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Lets_Cruise_13
Ottawa, Canada1,434 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
On Tuesday January 28th, 2020, my wife and I took a ship tour and stopped to visit the popular St. John’s Parish Church off highway 3B (H3B). We took photos of the inside, the outside, and of the old cemetery in the back of the Church.

This Anglican church is neatly located on Hackleton’s cliff, one thousand feet above sea level and offers one of the best views of the rugged eastern coast of Barbados. As history dictates, the original church was built in 1645, which makes it the oldest church of the Island. The first wooden structure burned down and shortly after in 1660 was rebuilt by stone masons. However, three violent hurricanes destroyed it in 1675, 1780 and again in 1831. Finally, in 1836 the Church (the 5th) was rebuilt with a Gothic architecture as it currently looks. Forty years later in 1876, the Parish added the sanctuary portion that surrounds the central altar, in 1907 they installed multiple decorative stained-glass windows, and in 1922 they added the imitation mosaic.

During this short visit we saw the rich wooden pulpit that was carved by the father and son team of Benjamin and Samuel Thorne and Charles Codrington. The pulpit was made with six different woods and currently sits in the sanctuary area, as well as the brass railings and mahogany wood that complete the altar. Wooded high-backed pews add beauty of this Gothic structure. Several old tombstones are found on the floor, while on each side of the main entrance are two well-designed geometrical curved staircases going up to the upper balcony. An older pipe organ (no longer in use) can be found in the upper balcony. Elizabeth Pinder’s white marble memorial, sculptured by British Sir Richard Westmacott, is installed on the left wall of the Church’s main entrance. An octagonal-shaped font made of caen stone and supported by Venetian marble columns is found near the back wall. On a wall there is a plaque from the Barbados National Trust stating that this is a “Building of Historic and Architectural Interest”.

After touring the interior of the church, we walked the surrounding grounds to the back cemetery where we saw one of two sundial stands elevated above ground level and has a working circular brass dial. The other working sundial is close by at Codrington College. One of the famous gravesites is the tomb of Greek expatriate Ferdinando Paleologus, who was a very active person in his adopted home of Barbados, and is said to be a descendant of the brother of the Emperor Constantine, the last Emperor of Constantinople (i.e., from Istanbul, Turkey). Paleologus' tomb is marked by a granite tombstone in the rear of church's cemetery. On November 3rd, 2010, the late Prime Minister of Barbados, the Honorable David John Howard Thompson was also laid to rest in this famous cemetery.

If you ever visit the Parish of St. John, Barbados, it is a must to visit this old Anglican church with its rich history and breathtaking views of the island’s rugged east coast.
Written March 6, 2020
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Harry S
Aldershot, UK204 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Stopped here on an island tour, the guide said that the gift shop was well worth a visit, unfortunately when we got there it was closed. However the church itself was interesting both interior and exterior, the graveyard could keep you reading the gravestones all day. Views from the hill top were stunning.
Written June 30, 2019
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SheilaM70
Stafford, UK207 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
This was one of the stops on the "Farewell to Barbados" excursion booked from Marella Discovery on our last day before flying back. The church itself was a lovely representation of an old gothic church. Lovely views of the coastline and the cemetary was worth a look
Written March 2, 2018
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Wood77
Los Angeles, CA1,931 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
It is a small gothic style historic church built and rebuilt due to hurricane back in the 1800’s. Required no admission fees to enter, but donations were appreciated. Photos were allowed to be taken inside. Some nice stained glass windows, not much else to see inside. There were marked grave monuments and crypts located towards the back. Also there were some stone funerary plaques on one side of the church building wall. Some local vendors offered souvenirs for sale. The best part of this visit was the beautiful location. The church sat on a cliff, which offered panorama vista of the island and ocean below.
Written December 7, 2017
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Eugene F
Kingsport, TN604 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Couples
The Saint John's Parish Church is a great place to learn some important history behind Barbados. A lot of the famous leaders, etc., are buried. The Church is I believe one of the oldest and has been rebuilt twice.
It was very rewarding to hear about the history of this great country.
This is a must do for anyone visiting Barbados who truly want to learn about the country's history.
Written December 28, 2016
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