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Architecture of Antigua & Barbuda

Antiguan and Barbudan Architecture - English Harbour
English Harbour

The architecture of Antigua & Barbuda is severely limited as no true buildings exist from the pre-Columbian times. Even the first settlers left little behind as most early architecture was made from wood or other local resources that have been lost to time.

Fort Shirley is one of the oldest structures on the islands as it housed the British military during colonial times. Fort Berkeley is another impressive old fort, both of which are located in St. John's.

As the sea was the most important element of colonial life, it is not surprising that the country's other impressive early architectural sights are related to the water. Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour has a number of impressive colonial buildings, including the officers' quarters and the Admiral's house.

Finally, St. John's Cathedral (or St. John the Divine) is perhaps the most impressive church on the islands and is on a hill overlooking the capital of St. John's (1683, but rebuilt in 1745 and 1845).

Although modern building materials and techniques have been brought to Antigua & Barbuda, the islands have not begun to build large skyscrapers or outrageously unique modern buildings. Most of the country's current buildings are built from this newer technology, but the people have not yet decided to create buildings that stand out as extraordinarily unique.

This page was last updated: March, 2013