The St. Catherine Parish Church

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The St. Catherine Parish Church - Near the St. Catherine District Prison, Spanish Town

The St. Catherine Parish Church was built in the late 17th Century. However, it was not the first house of worship to be built on this land. The first church was the Spanish Chapel of the Red Cross which was built in 1525. This church was destroyed by the English when they captured Jamaica in 1655. In its place they built the Spanish Town Cathedral (nowadays this is also known as the St. Catherine Parish Church). The church was built in a medley of architectural styles and features arches and buttresses, it features monuments by John Bacon, who sculpted the Rodney Memorial in 1801. The original Church was destroyed by a hurricane in 1712 and rebuilt two years later. In 1817 a steeple was added.

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