This edifice, first built in the 1600's, towers magnificently over the skyline of Antigua's capital city of St. John's. The building was constructed and consecrated as an Anglican Cathedral (Church of England) for the worship of God by the white colonialists of the day, while their slaves waited outside.|
Upon first being constructed, the Cathedral building was made completely of wood and was destroyed by a severe hurricane. It was then rebuilt in the 1700's - this time completely of stone - to withstand the strong, gale force winds. Unfortunately, the island was rocked by a major earthquake in the 1800's which destroyed the second structure. Having learned from past experience, the Cathedral was rebuilt a third time, however incorporating both the elements of a wooden interior and a stone exterior, which still stands today. The current structure is 163 years old and now has a more diverse congregation than in the colonial past.