Finished in 1848, St. John's Anglican Cathedral, an impressive freestone cathedral, serves as a reminder of Antigua's European roots. Built in the neo-baroque style, the cathedral seems out of place on the Caribbean island, with its iron fence, stained glass windows, and two lofty towers with cupolas on top.
The 70 foot (21.34 m) towers serve as a distinctive symbol of the island, as they are the first structure that people see when approaching Antigua by boat. While the view is impressive to some, the sight of the towers struck fear into the hearts of slaves who were arriving, as it reminded them of the oppressive power of the British who ruled over Antigua.
Stop by the cathedral and see the famed bronze statues the two St. Johns- St. John the Baptist, and the St. John who the temple was named for. The stoic, European look of St. John's is a unique departure from the relaxed ocean themed decor of this Caribbean island.
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St. John's Cathedral is located on the western end of Antigua and is about a 10-minute drive from the airport.