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Barbados
Barbados, Atlantic coast / Yola de Lusenet, / CC BY-SA 2.0

This small Caribbean island has interesting historical heritage - numerous monuments of architecture and several historical towns. Country has interesting plantation houses and historical industrial architecture.

Natural landmarks

The Spout, Barbados
The Spout / Berit, / CC BY 2.0
  • Animal Flower Cave – partly submerged cave with yellow sea anemones and beautiful views on the ocean from its entrance.
  • Coles Cave – approximately 1 km long cave. Possibly a part of Harrison’s Cave system. Contains nearly undisturbed cave ecosystem, with some endemic species.
  • Harrison’s Cave – beautiful, 4.8 km long show cave with numerous stalactites and stalagmites. Tram runs through the cave. One of the entrances opens to Welchman Hall gully – collapsed cave with a remnant of pristine forest.
  • The Spout – spectacular blowhole at Ladder Bay. Sea water is blown up from it up to 30 m high.

 

Man made landmarks

Historical settlements

  • Bridgetown historical centre – Bridgetown. Old Brittish colonial town with many historical buildings, developed since the middle of the 18th century.
  • Garrison Historic Area (St. Ann’s Garrison) – historical district in Bridgetown. Contains many historical buildings of the Brittish garrison. Important landmark is Garrison Savannah Racetrack.
  • Speightstown historical centre – one of the earliest settlements in Barbados, inhabited since the 1630s. Rather many historical buildings preserved in the centre.

Religious architecture

  • Cathedral Church of Saint Michael and All Angels – Bridgetown. Anglican church, originally built in 1665 and rebuilt in 1789. Constructed from coral stone, fine stained glass windows.
  • Nidhe Israel Synagogue – Bridgetown. One of the oldest synagogues in Americas, originally built in 1654 and rebuilt in the first half of the 19th century.
  • St. James Parish Church – Holetown. The oldest existing church in Barbados. First built in 1628, then replaced with stone building in the 1690s and mostly rebuilt in 1874.
Sam Lord’s Castle, Barbados
Sam Lord’s Castle / Andrea_44, / CC BY 2.0

Mansion houses

  • Drax Hall Estate – massive Jacobean mansion, constructed in the early 1650s as the centre of sugar plantation.
  • Francia Great House – beautiful mansion, great house of plantation built around 1913. Contains valuable collection of historical maps.
  • Sam Lord’s Castle – country house, built in the 19th century. Interiors and furniture have been preserved.
  • St. Nicholas Abbey – plantation house in Jacobean style. One of three genuine Jacobean style buildings in Americas, built in 1650s.

Other man made landmarks

Morgan Lewis Windmill, Barbados
Morgan Lewis Windmill / OakleyOriginals, / CC BY 2.0
  • Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Society building – Bridgetown. Magnificent office building, constructed in Victorian style in 1894 – 1895.
  • Chase Vault – burial vault, site of legends. According to a legend, every time when the vault was opened in the early 19th century, all lead coffins had changed position.
  • Codrington College – historical building of sugar plantation and then theological college, built in 1714 – 1745.
  • Morgan Lewis Windmill – one of two working sugar windmills in the world. Operated until 1942.
  • Parliament Buildings – seat of the parliament of Barbados. Consists of two beautiful buildings in Neo-Gothic style, constructed in 1870 – 1874.
  • Spring Head Cave – a cave with the only prehistoric petroglyphs in Barbados – crudely shaped stalagmites.

List of described attractions

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Map of Barbados

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