Architecture of St. Lucia
The architecture of St. Lucia 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. Today nearly every architectural piece of note is in
the capital of Castries, although even here little remains as a fire in 1947 destroyed
over half the city.
Despite the lack of early still standing architecture, there are some examples of
these early styles in houses, which are still often built on stilts in the traditional
style of wood with steep roofs to shed the rain. However even this trend is losing
way to modern construction.
Among the best preserved architectural monuments in the country, the city of Castries
is home to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, which is the largest church
in the Caribbean.