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St George Museums, Bermuda: 4 reviews and 16 photos

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  • Unfinished cathedral from the road - Saint George
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This location on what is now called Church Folly Lane was originally site of the house for the Governor which was built after Samuel Day refused to vacate the house he built when he was Governor in 1700. There was a Governor's house on the site until 1815 which it was demolished to make way for a church which was to replace Saint Peters in town. Saint Peters was considered too far gone to be saved. Financial difficulties, arguments within the Anglican community, and then storm damage caused the project to be abandoned, but the silver lining is that it resulted in the restoration of St. Peters.

It is now the properties of the Bermuda National Trust. According to Bermuda-Online, stone masons are attempting to restore the building to the original architectural plans which were by the famous Scottish firm of William Hay (who also designed the current Anglican Cathedral in the city of Hamilton and Government House in Pembroke Parish). The plans were saved by Fidelity International, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts - but with an active international office in Bermuda - and handed to the church's owners. Visitors can enjoy the views even now, but from a safe place.

Location: Head of Duke of Kent Street, St. George's
Bus Routes: 1, 3, 10, 11
Ferry to St. George?s: Apr-Nov only, yellow route
Admission is free

Website: http://www.bnt.bm/Places_to_Visit/unfinished_church.htm

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 23, 2008
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