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“ Nice views , shame about the coffin”
Review of St. John's Church

St. John's Church
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Barbados Paradise Sightseeing Tour
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Owner description: Built in 1660, this church overlooks the Scotland District and features a pulpit made of six different kinds of wood.
Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

We stopped here as part of Teds Tour. There are nice views, and the grave of a prime minister if that interests you. We didn’t go inside the church as there was a crowd attending a funeral. The mourners didn’t seem to mind a tour bus pulling up, and we were assured that they were used to this. We were accosted by a strange local man that wanted us to take a photo of him standing on the prime ministers grave, and then as we walked back past the entrance were greeted with the open coffin of the deceased. I wouldn’t rate this as a great experience

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"prime minister"
in 11 reviews
"the east coast"
in 16 reviews
"great stop"
in 4 reviews
"island tour"
in 7 reviews
"carved pulpit"
in 3 reviews
"great history"
in 4 reviews
"lots of history"
in 2 reviews
"resting place"
in 2 reviews
"vantage point"
in 2 reviews
"david thompson"
in 2 reviews
"interesting cemetery"
in 2 reviews
"buried here"
in 2 reviews
"views are breathtaking"
in 2 reviews
"feet above sea level"
in 2 reviews
"locals selling"
in 2 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 4 reviews
"cruise ship"
in 2 reviews

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

St Johns Parish Church must have one of the best views in the Caribbean. Situated on top of Hackleton's cliff rising to over 400 feet above sea level. The Church commands beautiful views of the rugged east coast. The view alone is worth a visit.
Believed to be one of the oldest churches in Barbados. First built of wood in 1645 and later destroyed by fire. At least another three churches have been built on the original site, and over the years all have been destroyed by hurricanes. Today's coral stone church built in 1838, is built of sturdy stuff and should withstand all weathers. Inside, the carved pulpit has six different types of wood, its creation truly a work of art. Stain glass windows are another feature of this Gothic church.

The graveyard has some very old tombs. At the back of the church is the resting place of the islands former Prime Minster, The hon David Thompson.

St John's is open daily from 06.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs. There is a small dingy gift shop and a few street vendors. 30 minutes drive from Bridgetown. I can't be certain but I don't think there are any toilets on site.
Peter m

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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

Listed as the first Church in Saint John this historical landmark has one of best views of the coast line and views of the parish. It is also the final resting place of the country 6th prime minister David Thompson who was the 3rd sitting PM of Barbados to die in office.

Thank Jamel L
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Amazing church and grounds overlooking the East coast. A great stop to wander among the trees and think back over the 375 years of history on the spot.

Thank R G
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Situated up on the hilltop the views are simply beautiful. History buffs will have a pleasant surprise here.

This church suffered a couple of setbacks/devastation through the years and was rebuilt each time.

There's a feeling of calm and serenity while walking around the grounds and reading the tombstones.

There's no entrance fee and parking is available.


Thank Skaramoosh
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