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Architecture of Dominica

Dominican Architecture - St. Joseph
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The architecture of Dominica is severely limited as no true buildings exist from the pre-Columbian times. Even the first settlers left little behind as most early architecture was made from wood or other local resources that have been lost to time. Today nearly every architectural piece of note is in the capital of Roseau.

As a country colonized by the British and French, along with local influence and Indian influence, the island has some strange city layouts and architecture, which often times doesn't seem to match even itself. Roseau's French section is where the city began so is quite condensed in the area along King George V Street. The best example of the French architecture is in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Roseau, which is in the Neo-Gothic or gothic revival style.

The British took over Roseau later and hence their buildings are scattered throughout the city. Again the best example from their rule is the Georgian-styled Anglican Church in the capital.

Although modern building materials and techniques have been brought to Dominica, the island has not begun to build large skyscrapers or outrageously unique modern buildings. Most of the country's current buildings are built from this newer technology, but the people have not yet decided to create buildings that stand out as extraordinarily unique.

This page was last updated: March, 2013