St. George’s | Bermuda

Oh Bermuda, you didn’t disappoint.
You were everything I hoped you’d be
… and more.
 St. George’s was Bermuda’s first settlement and founded in 1612,
although the islands were discovered 
by survivors of a shipwreck in 1609.  
In 2000, the town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site,
putting it on a par with India’s Taj Mahal and Liverpool’s iconic Waterfront.  
 St. Peter’s, Their Majesties Chappell dates back to 1620
and has the distinction of being the oldest
continuously operating Anglican church in the Western Hemisphere.
 It is also, apparently, Bermuda’s most photographed landmark.
A separate graveyard for slaves and free blacks is a 
poignant reminder of Bermuda’s segregated past. 
 Erected in 1620, the Old State House was the home of Bermuda’s first Parliament,
the third oldest in the world after Iceland and England.
When Parliament moved to Hamilton in 1815, the building
became home to the Masonic Lodge.
The Masonic Lodge St. George No. 200 still uses the building today,
and every April holds a ceremony to mark the payment of rent to the Mayor 
… one peppercorn.   
 The Unfinished Church is exactly that, unfinished.
Begun in 1874, it was intended as a replacement for St.Peter’s.
However, as it neared completion, construction was halted by
storm damage and disagreements within the church community. 
 St. George’s was the nearest town to our hotel and we visited several times.
You could easily spend a whole day wondering about,
but it’s probably best not to visit on a Sunday, because everything is closed. 

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