Some say that from any place in Bermuda, if you close your eyes and throw a stone in any direction, you will probably hear the sound of shattering stained glasses. There are great many Anglican, Catholic and Protestant Churches (Baptist, Methodist etc.) as well as those offering non-denominational services.
But there are some churches that are historic and far more significant from tourism perspective.
If you are a tourist, here are some of the best churches to visit in Bermuda, many of them are of great historic significance.
St Peter’s Church Bermuda: Believed to be the oldest Anglican church in the Western hemisphere this church is stunning in its simplicity with its rough-hewn pillars, exposed cedar beams and candlelit chandeliers. The church is located at St George.
Bermuda Cathedral: This Anglican church was designed based on neo Gothic structure. It's located in the capital city of Hamilton. From the top of its tower, you get a spectacular view of Hamilton city and surrounding parishes.
St. Anne's Church: Located in Southampton Parish, this Anglican church is one of the oldest parish churches in Bermuda. It was originally built in early 1600s by the first settlers and later replaced by a new church in 1717.
Holy Trinity Church: Located in Hamilton Parish overlooking the Harrington Sound water area, this Anglican Church is one of the oldest churches in western hemisphere. Some parts of the building like the nave dates back to 1660-1670. Earlier, it was known as the Hamilton Parish Church. There is a graveyard and also gardens with roses and palm trees.
Heydon Trust Chapel: This is the smallest church in Bermuda which was built in early 1600s. The nondenominational chapel is located in Sandys parish amidst lush greenery that stretches across over 44 acres of parkland area.
Cobbs Hill Methodist Church: Located at Warwick parish, this is the oldest Methodist building in Bermuda that still exists. It was built by the free blacks and the slaves in 1827 to have a place of worship of their own. They worked mostly during their free time at night to complete the construction. The church is part of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail of Bermuda that captures the legacy of slavery in the island.
Unfinished Church Bermuda: Although the work was started in 1870s, due to parish infighting and lack of funds, the construction of this church was never completed.
St. Mark's Church: St. Mark's Anglican Church located in Smiths Parish is a great example of Gothic designs. The cornerstone of the church was laid in 1847.
Old Devonshire Church: The Church located in Devonshire Bermuda is popular for candlelit weddings. The church was first constructed in 1624 and had to be restored several times.
St. Paul's Church: Located in Paget Bermuda, this is an Anglican church built in 1796 and replaced another church. It has a graveyard.
St. John's Church: Built in 1620s, this Anglican church in Bermuda is one of the oldest parish churches in the island. It's located just outside of Hamilton City in a picturesque setting with its own graveyard.
St. Theresa's Cathedral: This Catholic church located in Hamilton City was built in 1932 to replace a smaller church and now boasts of the largest weekly attendance in the island.
Christ Church, Warwick Bermuda: This is one of the oldest Presbyterian churches in western hemisphere and dates back to 1719. This beautiful church is located at the Middle road opposite to Belmont Hill Club. You can reach by Bus #8 (the bus goes quite close to the church). Sunday morning services are at 8am and 11am.
Christ Church, Devonshire Bermuda: Located on Middle Road, this Anglican church was once the house of the Rector of Devonshire Parish, Rev. Keith Harman in 1949. He was also a great photographer. The Queen was so impressed with his pictures that the house was extended to have studios in the upper floor. There is a graveyard in the church premises. 106, Middle Road, Devonshire Parish, Bermuda. Phone: 441/ 236-3671
St. Mary's Anglican Church, Warwick, Bermuda: Located off Middle Road, this is one of the old and historic Anglican churches in the parish. It has its own nice graveyard. The cemetery has one Commonwealth burial from World War-I and one from second World War. 2, St. Mary's Road, Warwick. Phone: (441) 236-2304. Bus route #8.
Kingdom Halls of Jehovah's Witnesses
Here are the locations and phone numbers of Kingdom Halls in Bermuda for Jehovah's Witnesses.
Hamilton City: 441/292-7653
St. George's: 441/297-0895
Somerset Lower (Sandys Parish): 441/234-0746
Somerset Upper (Sandys Parish): 441/238-9434
Heron Bay: 441/238-2073
If you are coming by a cruise ship and docking at the Kings Wharf Dockyard in Sandys, then Somerset would be closest by bus. You can also reach Hamilton City easily by ferry which takes about 20 minutes.
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