St. Jago De La Vega Cathedral, Spanish Town

Built in about 1525 on the site of the Spanish Chapel of the Red Cross, this Cathedral stands today as the oldest ecclesiastical structure in the British Empire (outside of the United Kingdom).

When the British conquered the Spanish in 1655, the English destroyed the existing cathedral, and built in its stead an Anglican church which was demolished by an earthquake in 1714.

In 1843, the Church was named the Cathedral of Anglican Diocese, in the honour of the patron saint – St. James. This cathedral is built in the form of a cross. Constructed in brick, it reflects a Romanesque and a Gothic architectural style. The aisles are dotted with the tombstones of many notables in Jamaican history.

Situated near to the House of Assembly and the Old King’s House, the St. James Cathedral is currently the chief church of the Anglican denomination in Jamaica and contains the earliest existing Anglican records some of which date back to 1668.

-Jamaica Information Service
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  • A small group of us staying at an “All Inclusive” Resort in Runaway Bay took a day trip to Kingston yesterday. We passed by Spanish Town and our tour guide Steve suggested we visit this historical chu...  more »
  • Definitely worth a stop. Lots of history here in a beautifully maintained sanctuary, although we were told that services are no longer held here. Ironically, although one has nothing to do with the ot...  more »
  • A rich historic location with all the fixtures that takes you back to another era. The architecture of the brick buildings are exquisite and being there makes gives an archaic feeling. There is much to learn about Jamaica's first capital and one of the largest and busiest towns. A planned tour of the Cathedral and tour can be arranged.
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