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St. John's Cathedral

St John's Cathedral has been destroyed and rebuilt time and time again since it was erected in 1683 and has seen its fair share of earthquakes and hurricanes. For years the cathedral had negative connotations with the black slaves in Antigua as they viewed it as a giant white strength of the English due to its appearance as and the fact that the English first settled here in 1632. One of the most iconic buildings in St John's, the 70 foot-tall (21 m) white towers of this baroque cathedral overlook the city and port welcoming visitors with their majestic beauty and presence. The current church has remained standing since 1845 and is built out of freestone while the interior is encased in pitch pine, built with the intention of protecting the cathedral from natural disasters.

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Between Long and Newgate Streets at Church Lane


English is the official language, but most locals speak English patois (jargon or dialect).


The Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD) is the main form of currency in Antigua and Barbuda, and it is tied to the US Dollar, with US$1 equal to EC$2.65 (long-standing, pegged rate). US currency can be used nearly everywhere. Major currencies and travellers cheques can be exchanged at the international banks in St John's and at many hotels. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted but there are not many ATMs in the area, so it is best to make arrangements around this.


Local time in Antigua and Barbuda is GMT -4.

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