St John's Cathedral
St John's Cathedral
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This is the oldest Anglican Church in Central America.
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lbacques
New Orleans, LA173 contributions
Dec. 2022
We took a Royal Caribbean cruise in December 2022 and one of the ports was Belize City. We did not have a planned excursion that day and decided to do a 20 minute walk from the port to St John's Cathedral.
We took a short tour of St John's which was the first Protestant church founded in Spanish America. The foundation was laid July 20, 1812. As the guide was leading us through the church she pointed out a special pew that dignitaries sit in when they attend services there. Queen Elizabeth II had two visits, in October 1985 and February 1994. The guide mentioned that a service would be starting at noon, so we decided to stay and attend. The service was in English. We were able to meet the two priests who were there after the service ended. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. I would recommend a visit and also please make a donation since they are recovering from Hurricane Lisa.
Written December 18, 2022
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Monty
19 contributions
Jan. 2022
Unfortunately due to Covid I did not get a chance to get inside.
However I read up on the Cathedral and did get a chance to visit the outside of the structure. It's worth while for history buffs.
Written January 31, 2022
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Chinesetigress
Seattle, WA180 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Friends
This was on my list to see, mainly because I saw it on TripAdvisor- the cemetery too. We were staying on the shore (near the Belize sign) and went to this cathedral before driving to San Ignacio. It is worth a drive by but not a MUST DO, in my opinion. The area was pretty sketch and getting to it was exhausting- I lived in Korea for two years and I would equate driving in Belize City to that. Stop signs are optional, streets are narrow and a lot of alleys that the fences around the houses have broken glass on top. We parked and took a few pictures and then moved along. I would have liked to go walk around the cemetery but didn’t realize it was the one until after we passed it. It was interesting to drive thru the city - getting here - all the colonial style houses and the drains/moats whatever they are with standing water in the middle of the streets.
Written January 19, 2022
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada24,678 contributions
Feb. 2020
Just one of a "modest stature" is how I would describe this brick cathedral (with not two but just one tower and no high & wide front facade or such) but which yet is a charming one which I would say is also in part due to its "nice & neat" grounds (mainly a small lawn but also like a mini-garden with a pathway along the edge which goes all the way around the Cathedral). And yes, after the walk around the building & taking a peek inside from the entrance was just heading back out due to the admission (which I never had to pay on my cathedral visits except at some big cathedrals with museums & such inside which I'm quite sure is not the case inside this one).

And actually just across the street from one side of this cathedral is the Government House which is a 2-storied beautiful heritage building with a spacious front lawn & a not-too-high lovely fence (but closed to public at the time due to some renovation or such going on). And also nearby, at just about a 5-minute walk from this cathedral (by heading back along the street between this cathedral & the Government House in the direction of downtown but a right turn shortly after leaving) is the waterfront area like a "long promenade" from which there's a view of both the Creek & the sea beyond (from near one end of the promenade).
Written January 17, 2021
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,664 contributions
Jan. 2020
The St. John's is in downtown Belize on the port's opposite side, across the bridge down the Albert street to its end - it's the farthest spot you should go.
The Church claims to be the oldest Anglican one in central Americas, which is quite visible from its stone/brick facade set in the middle of a nice lawn.
It's pretty small with a quite simple whitewashed interior and timber beams.
When entering a lady asked me for a donation of 5$. I turned back saying it's too much, but she invited me back saying I could put less. I found it inadequate for a place of God to haggle like on a marketplace - donations should be discrete according to your wishing, liking and ability..
Written March 3, 2020
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Gin C
Plymouth, UK32 contributions
Feb. 2020
Very good guided tour by the volunteer docent. Well worth the donation charge to learn some of the history of this old church.
Written February 21, 2020
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Steve_Ashland
Ashland, OH95 contributions
Jan. 2020
Belize City was a stop on our cruise. We didn't want to spend much on this stop so we got off the shipped and started walking. We were advised to take a left at the bridge and go into the safer part of downtown. Our walk allowed us to see a bit of the city. We ended up at St John's. It was OK. It is a pretty place, nice history. As much as anything, we just enjoyed walking through town to get there. Passed a couple of schools along the way. Then in heading back, we walked along the water which was some really nice views.
Written January 20, 2020
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Archie
Glenmoore, PA5,281 contributions
Dec. 2019 • Family
We enjoyed looking at the church and old bell. We didn't enter because they charged $10 it goes to the upkeep of the church. There is an engraved door as you enter.
Parking is very tough and downtown is extremely crowded. We took a city tour with a taxi from our hotel red hut inn who charged us $45 for an hour to tour downtown.
Written December 20, 2019
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Shannon S
4 contributions
Sep. 2019
I visited the Church and met some people from the church that were going in for a meeting. We were given a tour of the church and provided with rich details of the history and the beautiful items inside that have been in the church since the 1800s. I was fortunate to see the Cathedral's Bell. Don't put this off your list of places to see as they are planning to increase their tours and put this as a place that anyone visiting Belize should come and experience.
Written September 22, 2019
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lasonia1600
Iquique, Chile46 contributions
Jan. 2019 • Solo
Not the usual large , stone cathedral. Is timber, fans all through, bishops tombs in the surrounding grounds. Pleasant relief from the town.
Written January 30, 2019
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