Fodor's Expert Review Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

South Side Commercial District Religious Building/Site/Shrine
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On Albert Street's south end is the oldest Anglican church in Central America and the only one outside England where kings were crowned. From 1815 to 1845, four kings of the Mosquito Kingdom (a British protectorate along the coast of Honduras and Nicaragua) were crowned here. The cathedral, built of brick brought here to what once was British Honduras as ballast on English ships, is thought to be the oldest surviving building in Belize from the colonial era. Its foundation stone was laid in 1812. Inside, it has whitewashed walls and mahogany pews. The roof is constructed of local sapodilla wood, with mahogany beams. Residents of the city usually refer to the cathedral as simply "St. John's." You can combine a visit to the cathedral with a visit to the House of Culture, as they are just across the street from each other. Safe to visit during day; at night, take a taxi.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine Historical Free Silversea Cruise

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Albert St. at Regent St.
Belize City, Belize District  Belize

227-3029

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