Top Ten Antigua and Barbudan Attractions

Top Ten Antigua and Barbudan Attractions

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       Antigua and Barbuda, Spanish for “ancient” and “bearded,” is a twin-island nation lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands (including Great Bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden and York Islands and further south, the island of Redonda). The permanent population number approximately 85,000 (2010) and the capital and largest port and city is St. John’s, on Antigua. Separated by a few nautical miles, Antigua and Barbuda are in the middle of the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 17 degrees north of the Equator. The country is nicknamed “Land of 365 Beaches” due to the many beaches surrounding the islands. Its governance, language, and culture have all been strongly influenced by the British Empire, of which the country was formerly a part.

  1. St. John’s Cathedral

    St. John’s Cathedral also known as the St. John the Divine, the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, is an Anglican church perched on a hilltop in St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. The present cathedral with its imposing white twin towers was built on a fossilized reef, in 1845, and is now in its 3rd incarnation, as earthquakes in 1683 and in 1745 destroyed the previous structures. The iron gates on the south face of the church are flanked by pillars displaying lead Biblical figures of St John the Divine and St John the Baptist. They were taken by HMS Temple in 1756, from a French ship destined for Martinique.
    Links: Top Ten Cathedrals, Top Ten North American Churches, Top Ten Reefs, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._John%27s_Cathedral,_St._John%27s,
  2. Links: Top Ten Islands, Top Ten North American Islands, Top 100 Beaches, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigua_and_Barbuda,