St. John's, Antigua
skyline of St. John's, the capital and largest city of Antigua and
Barbuda, is dominated by the magnificently evocative white baroque
towers of St. John's Cathedral. Built in 1845, the church is now
in its third incarnation, as earthquakes in 1683 and in 1745 destroyed
the previous structures. The towers are the first sight of Antigua
for about half of the island's visitors each year, many of whom
arrive by boat. With its recently completed cruise ship dock and
several hotels, St. John's is a lively hub for shopping and dining.
For those interested in the early
history of the island, there is the Museum
of Antigua and Barbuda, housed in the colonial Court House
(1750). The museum displays both Arawak and
colonial artifacts recovered on archaeological digs on the islands.
It also features a thought-provoking, life-size replica of an Arawak
house, models of sugar plantations, etc.
On Friday and Saturday mornings,
be sure to visit the vibrant farmers market on the southern edge
of the city. Folk crafts, colorful tropical fruits, and a buzzing
crowd make for a lively morning.
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