The enormous stone cathedral off Bay Street is more than just an impressive edifice. It is a landmark, and has played a ... More
Christ Church Cathedral
The enormous stone cathedral off Bay Street is more than just an impressive edifice. It is a landmark, and has played a significant role in Nassau's history. The original church was built in 1670. It was granted cathedral status in 1861, giving the settlement of Nassau the right to claim city status. Approximately 130 years later the church was given a thorough facelift. Today it looms up majestically, dwarfing every other building on the block, a testament to Nassau's rich history. The church is still very active and holds multiple services and prayers in a traditional Anglican style for Evensong, evening, and Sunday morning services. The church also has an extensive website providing a great deal of interesting historical information and newsletters about recent events. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
My father and I made sure to stop at Christ Church on a recent trip to Nassau. We were not disappointed! The beautiful stonework and stained-glass windows and murals were reminiscent of Westminster Abbey in London and Bath Abbey in Bath. It was breathtaking!
This was definitely one of the better attractions that we visited. You don't need to spend more than about 15-20 minutes there to fully appreciate it, but it was definitely interesting. Plus, it didn't cost a thing!
Make sure you bring a camera when you visit this beautiful and exemplary slice of the Bahamas!
The stained glass windows were spectacular and worth the walk from the cruise ship docks (about 20 minutes). Very interesting are the hundreds of stone embedded memorials (much like faces of tombstones) of deceased members of th Church, many historical figures and upper class citizens of Nassau. Some of the memorials are heart-rendering - the memorial of a 20 year old woman, who left as survivors her husband and her 3 week old baby daughter. The massive organ is the largest I have seen and wish I could have attended a service to hear it.
A wonderful way to get away from the tourist haunts and see a bit of the real Nassau.
This old Cathedral within walking distance of the cruise ship docks really shouldn't be missed.
I has the most beautiful stained glass windows you probably have ever seen, as well as an ambiance not usually found. There is a quantity of old memorials built into the church walls, too - poignant reminders of the temporary nature of life, but of the constant presence of our Lord and Maker.
I would pay money to hear a recital on the gorgeous organ. Visiting the Cathedral is FREE, but you may donate.
I will certainly go back again if I ever visit Nassau again!
-deacon lew g.
This is a spectacular cathedral, right in the commercial heart of Nassau. As such, it is an island of calm amid the chaos, rather like St Patrick's Cathedral in New York City is.
Further, the services are wonderfully put together. We have very much enjoyed our time at Christ Church Cathedral.
Aside from the religious aspect, this place is living history of Nassau, and should be on people's tour plans.
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