Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

Built from 1800 to 1804, this cathedral was designed by two officers from the British army’s military engineering corps and modeled on St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London, England. This elegantly handsome Anglican cathedral was the first ever built outside the British Isles, with oak imported from Windsor Castle’s Royal Forest just to make the pews. Upon its completion, King George III sent the cathedral a treasure trove of objects, including candlesticks, chalices and silver trays. The elaborateness of the gifts heading toward the New World sent London’s chattering classes atwitter. The royal box for the reigning monarch or her representative is located in the upper left balcony if you are facing the altar. (Look for the royal coat of arms.) The cathedral’s bell tower, an impressive 47m high, competes for attention with the Basilique Notre-Dame located nearby. You will find that a guide is usually around in the summer months and conducts free 10-minute tours of the cathedral.