Spanish Town Heritage Tours, Kingston Sightseeing Tours, Jamaica
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Spanish Town Heritage Tours and Sightseeing Excursions Overview
St Jago de la Vega Cathedral
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.
St. Catherine Parish Church (Spanish Town Cathedral)
The Spanish Town Cathedral, also known as the St. Catherine Parish Church, was built in the second half of the seventeenth century. After the conquest of Jamaica by the British in 1655, the British destroyed the original Catholic Church and replaced it with the Anglican Church, which is now the St. Catherine Parish Church or the Spanish Town Cathedral. In 1712 the church was destroyed by a hurricane, but rebuilt in 1714. The church once contained the oldest Baptismal and Marriage Records in the island.
Spanish Town Court House
This Georgian building is located at the southern end of the Square. It was built on a site which was originally a cemetery and later a chapel and an armory. The building was destroyed by fire on March 18, 1986. Up until the fire, this structure that architect James Delaney designed was used for the sitting of the Circuit and Resident Magistrate's Courts, and for Petty Sessions. The courts offices were housed there too and the upper level was the Town Hall used for concerts, lectures and theatrical performances.
Spanish Town Iron Bridge
This bridge, which spans the Rio Cobre river at the eastern end of Spanish Town, can be seen from the bridge that is currently being used. The abutment of the bridge is constructed with cut stone while the bridge is cast iron. It is about 81ft long and 15ft wide. This bridge, erected in 1801 and is the oldest bridge of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. So far the restoration of the Eastern face of the abutment wall in authentic masonry, as well as the reconstruction of the main support archway have been completed.
Old King's House Ruins
In 1762, a new official residence for the Governor, King's House, was erected on the site Historic Spanish Town Square - Kings Houseof the Old Spanish Hall of Audience. The Hall was demolished in 1761 to make room for the new mansion. This building formed the first unit of the civic square designed in the then popular Georgian style. The 'Old King's House' in Spanish Town was destroyed by fire in 1925. It remained in ruin until 1932. At the time, Lady Slater, wife of Governor Alexander Ransford Slater (1932-1934), collected a sum of money which was used to preserve certain sections of the building's structure.
This elaborate edifice was created in honour of the celebrated British Admiral Lord Rodney. Historic Spanish Town Square - Rodney's MemorialThe Memorial, designed by the famous English sculptor John Bacon in 1801, commemorates Rodney's victory over a French fleet that had attempted to invade the island in 1782. Rodney is made to resemble a Roman Emperor. A tavern dating from the time of the Spanish occupation, which is said to have also been where the mules and horses belonging to the Governor were tethered was demolished to make way for the statue.
Ideal for the entire family - Restricted access to wheel chair for some outdoor, adventure activities.
What it Includes?
- Hotels/Villas & Cruise Ship pickup and drop-off
- Comfortable air condition transportation
- Entrance Fees to Attractions
- Local Guide
- Optional Lunch
Spanish Town Heritage Tour
- St Jago de la Vega Cathedral
- St. Catherine Parish Church
- Spanish Town Court House
- Spanish Town Iron Bridge
- Old King's House Ruins
- Rodney Memorial
Duration: 5:00 Hours
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Approximate Duration of the Tours
- Ocho Rios: 7:00 - 9:00
- Falmouth: 8:30 - 10:00
- Montego Bay: 8:30 - 10:30
- Negril: 8:30 - 11:00
- Discovery Bay: 7:30 - 9:30
- Runaway Bay: 7:30 - 9:30
- Kingston: 4:00 - 7:00
What to Take on your Sightseeing Trip
Getting Wet and Beaches: Sun screen lotion, swim wear, towel, camera and pocket money.
Walking: Dress comfortable for walking, comfortable walking shoes, camera and pocket money.
Climbing Falls: Comfortable sneakers with good grip, beach wear, towel, camera and pocket money.
All our Charter Services Operators vehicles are fully air-conditioned 4-7 seater Taxi, 15-30 seater buses and coaches. Luxury Limousine service is also available. All Taxi and Tour drivers are fully trained, licensed and approved by the Jamaica Tourist Board. We offer a 24 hour, seven day a week, private taxi and tour charter service. We go that "Extra Mile" to ensure that you have a rich and enjoyable experience.