Bridgetown - Barbados Parliament Building
Barbados Parliament, West Wing
With over 350 years of which we can boast, surpassed only by Bermuda and Britain, these buildings hold the history of the Barbadian system of Government which is the third oldest political system within the Commonwealth
Barbados Parliament, East Wing
The East Wing was completed late in 1873. The Chambers and offices of the Legislative Council (later the Senate) and the House of Assembly were - and still are - on the upper floor on which the Attorney General, the Solicitor General and the Legal Draftsman (later Chief Parliamentary Counsel) had offices.
Bathsheba is a quiet village in the parish of St. Joseph. It is surrounded by historic sites such as the St. Joseph Anglican Church, which was built in 1640 and the St. Aiden’s Church which was built in 1837. Bathsheba beach is internationally known as the “Soup Bowl” where local and international surfing competitions take place annually. Another noticeable feature of this beach is the large boulder that sits slightly offshore and which is known by locals as the Bathsheba Rock.
St. Michael’s Cathedral
The church was built in 1660-1665 on the present site. It survived the 1831 hurricane and was used as a hospital for the wounded. There is a profusion of interesting tombs and monumental inscriptions with a source of information about the social history of its existence.
St. Mary’s Church
The church is a fairly pure Georgian building, the style used for church buildings in the nineteenth century. It was built and consecrated in 1827 by the first resident Bishop of Barbados, Bishop Coleridge.
Barbados Museum & Historical Society
The Barbados Museum and Historical Society was established in 1933 and located in the former British Military Prison. It displays artefacts from our early Amerindian, Barbadian, African, European and Caribbean heritage. Included in the museum are furnishings from an 18th Century plantation house, a collection of rare maps, prints and paintings depicting Barbadian life.
St. John’s Parish Church
The present church building (the fifth) was built in 1836. In the churchyard are the sepulchres of PALEOLOGUS and other ancient families. The church sits on the edge of Hackleton’s Cliff with a spectacular view of the parishes of St. Joseph and St. Andrew. One of Barbados’ Prime Ministers; David Thompson, is buried on this historic site in October 2010.
George Washington House
The home of the first US President, George Washington at the tender age of 19, as he made his first and only trip outside of USA to Barbados. This beautiful building was restored in 2006 and is now opened for public viewing for a small entrance fee. This is a must-see attraction for many visitors.
Nidhe Israel Synagogue and Jewish Museum
The Synagogue and Museum was established in the mid-seventeenth century and was the final resting place for the members of the Jewish community. The main feature of the synagogue is the mitzvah or bano, the ritual and purifying bath used primarily by women before marriage or after childbirth.
Codrington College is an Anglican theological college which is located in St. John. This college was founded by Christopher Codrington and opened on September 9, 1745. This is currently the home for teaching and training of the Anglican priests in Barbados and some Caribbean territories.
Government House was built in 1702 and was the official residence of the Governor of Barbados. The home is now the official residence of the Governor General, who acts as the local representative for the Head of State, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Governor General is appointed by the Head of State on recommendation by the Prime Minister of Barbados.