St Jago de la Vega Cathedral

Kingston, Blue Mountains & the Southeast Coast

Built in 1714, this is the oldest Anglican cathedral in the Caribbean, boasting an impressive beamed ceiling, and a magnificent stained-glass window behind the altar. The church stands on the site of one of the first Spanish cathedrals in the Americas, built in 1525. Note the gargoyles with African features, considered unique in the world, above the south window.

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