Tuesday, October 9, 2007

St John's is the capital city of the nation of Antigua and Barbuda, a country located in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea. St John's is located at 17°7′N, 61°51′W. With a population of 24,226 (2000), St John's is the commercial centre of the nation and the chief port of the island of Antigua. The settlement of St John's has been the administrative centre of Antigua and Barbuda since the islands were first colonised in 1632, and it became the seat of government when the nation achieved independence in 1981.

St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda Sights
The skyline of St. John's is dominated by the white baroque towers of St. John's Cathedral. The present cathedral was built in 1845, and is now in its third incarnation — as earthquakes in 1683 and in 1745 destroyed the previous structures. The iron gates on the south face of the church are flanked by pillars displaying lead figures of St John the Divine and St John the Baptist. They were taken by HMP Temple in 1756, from a French ship destined for Martinique.

St. John's Cathedral
The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda is housed in the colonial Court House, constructed in 1747 on the site of the first city market, and is the oldest building still in use in the city. The museum displays both Arawak and colonial artifacts recovered on archaeological digs on the islands. It also features a life-sized replica of an Arawak house, models of sugar plantations, along with a history of the island, and Viv Richards' cricket bat.

St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda Government House
The fort was built in 1739 to guard St.John's harbor and is one of the many forts built by the British in the 18th century. Fear of French invasion prompted the construction. It is located on a headland, overlooking the town, northwesterly. A powder magazine, several cannons and the foundation of the fort's wall remains. The main attraction today is the excellent view of the surrounding harbor. Other forts include Fort George, Fort Charles, Fort Shirley, Fort Berkeley and Fort Barrington. http://www.antiguamuseums.org/images/FtJames5Cannons2.jpg

Other Sights
In the capital, there are many different stores, some are for local people, some sell expensive items which are for the tourists from cruise ships. It has a Caribbean chain store - Court's which sells consumer electronics. It also has some stores, one small supermarket and some restaurants which are operated by people of Chinese descent.
There is also a "King's Casino" right by the docking yard for cruise ships. Next to it, there is a supermarket called IGA.
It also has a big cinema. It costs about 15 EC$ to buy a ticket. The movies are mainly imported from the US. Right next to it, there is a KFC restaurant. There is also a nearby Subway restaurant.
At the edge of the city, there is a Woods Mall. Further down, there is a school called American University of Antigua College of Medicine.
In the capital, there are many different stores, locally owned, chain, and high-end. It has a Caribbean chain store - Courts which sells consumer electronics. It also has many stores, several supermarkets and myriad restaurants.