Three Hundred Years of Bridgetown Barbados as a striving town has help to shape this fascinating little city. In Barbados, Bridgetown is the hub of the island’s much heralded duty free shopping experience… but there is much more to this historic town than precious stones and brand name goods.
Sure the shopping is great but Bridgetown as a heritage tourism site really is a must see… Founded in the early 1600’s this small vibrant city along with Boston was the hub of the British colonial empire in the Western hemisphere.
Over the last three hundred years Bridgetown has been the home of a number of historical landmarks. Now this historic city can boast of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Parliament Buildings Bridgetown Barbados
The Barbados Parliament buildings are perhaps the most outstanding landmarks in Bridgetown. This is obvious but what may not be so well known is the fact that the island’s parliament system which was established in 1639 is the third oldest in the Commonwealth.
The parliament buildings which were completed in 1874 are constructed of local coral stone. Like many of the buildings of this early era they are an attractive piece of Gothic Architecture, which reflex the unique architecture and culture of Barbados.
These imposing buildings consist of a east wing and a west wing, the east wing which was completed in 1873 housed the Chambers and offices of the Senate, the House of Assembly, the Attorney General, the Solicitor General and the Chief Parliamentary Counsel.
The West Wing which was completed in 1872 has house many different arms of government over the years. However in November of 2006 this wing of Parliament was refurbished to house the National Heroes Gallery and the Museum of Parliament..
The Nidhe Synagogue Bridgetown Barbados
The Nidhe Synagogue located in Synagogue Lane in Bridgetown is one of the standout heritage sites in this small city. Historical records show that this Synagogue was consecrated in 1654 three years before the London synagogue.
This makes it is the oldest Synagogue in the Western Hemisphere… the current building constructed in 1833 was built to replace the original structure which was destroyed in the hurricane of 1831. Today the synagogue still reflects the architecture of the 1830’s is a fitting monument to the many Jews… who fled to the island to escape the religious persecution of the early 1600’s.
These early Jews brought with them the expertise and technology that was need to improve the local sugar industry. The Nidhe Synagogue reflects a unique period in the history of Barbados and commemorates the outstanding contribution by the early Jews to the development of the Barbadian society.
St Michael Cathedral Bridgetown Barbados
Also in historic Bridgetown Barbados you’ll find The St. Michael Cathedral located on St. Michael Rowe. This imposing old church is the flagship of the Anglican Church in Barbados Although falling to decay in recent times this beautiful old cathedral was first consecrated in 1665 the same year of the London plaque.
A traditional Gothic Church with large towering arched windows and detail interior woodwork the cathedral has stood out over the centuries as one of the familiar landmarks in this historic city. The current building which has fallen into a dilapidated state and is currently being restored was constructed in 1789 to replace the original building that was destroyed by the hurricane of 1780.
Still open to the public you’ll be fascinated by the history of this old church as you stand in the church yard and read the tombstones many of them dating back to the late 1600’s and early 1700’s.
Tour Bridgetown Barbados Heritage Sites
Get to know the history and culture of Bridgetown and Barbados on this half-day walking tour. With a guide in the lead providing in-depth commentary, you’ll get a full picture of what makes Bridgetown Barbados so special.
Here is what you’ll get…
- Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
- Small group ensures an intimate atmosphere
- Learn about Barbadian history through a guide’s detailed commentary
- Get a taste of Barbados’ cuisine with included snack
- Book this tour online today!
Other Attractions Near Bridgetown Barbados
In Barbados you are never far away from an amazing attraction. Other popular attractions and things to see and do close to Bridgetown Barbados are Barbados museum and the Mount Gay Visitor Center
Mount Gay Visitors Center and Rum Tours is perhaps one of the most frequently visited of all the Barbados tourist attractions. Here you will gain an educational insight into the history of the world’s oldest rum.
Learn more about Mount Gay Visitor Center
The Barbados Museum is the home of Barbadian culture and heritage it is located at the center of the Garrison Historic area on the perimeter of Bridgetown.