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One of the main attractions in St. George's is St. Peter's Church, famous because it is believed to be the oldest, continually used Anglican Church in the Western hemisphere. St. Peter's is immediately recognizable because of the many brick-edged steps you must climb to reach it.

Though not old when compared to many of the churches in Europe, the original structure of St. Peter's built in 1612 is considered very old. First constructed of materials available in those days -- indigenous woods and palmetto leaves, the original structure was replaced with a newer version. Almost a century later the existing church was enlarged to include a tower and additional spaces.

The current church is beauty born of simplicity---white-washed limestone, with green details; symmetrical, exterior features including rose windows above the doors. Inside the exposed cedar beams, and wooden pews certainly exude a warm comfortable feeling. Candle chandeliers help bath everything in a warm glow on cloudy days. The large pipe organ seems to overshadow the altar area, but the altar itself does date back to 1615. The Bishop's chair dates back to the 18th century, and a fine collection of communion silver from the 17th century resides in the vestry. It is said that the font (baptismal) font was brought by Bermuda's original settlers and is over 500 years old. I found the church quite beautiful.

A walk around the churchyard reveals two graveyards: one for whites and one for black slaves which is historically significant. Some notable graves at St. Peter's are those of Governor Sir Richard Sharples who was assasinated in 1973, and US Navy Midshipman Richard Dale, the last victim of the War of 1812.

See my tip on The African Diaspora Heritage Trail Bermuda for more information on St. Peter's Church as a one of the key sites on this Trail.

The church is open daily from 10am-4:30pm; Sunday service at 11:15am;
Guide is available from Monday to Saturday. Free admission - donations accepted.

Address: 33 Duke of York Street, St. George's Town
Directions: St. George Island - North/Easternmost section of Bermuda. Within walking distance of the ferry terminal stop, Ordinance Island, etc.
Phone: 441-297-2459
Website: http://www.anglican.bm/

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  • Updated May 24, 2013
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