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Architecture of St. Vincent & the Grenadines

St. Vincentian Architecture - Clifton Union Island
Clifton Union Island

The architecture of St. Vincent & the Grenadines 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 Kingstown.

The architectural history of the capital can be summed up in three buildings. The first of these is Fort Charlotte, which was built in the early 1800s and protected the city from people by both land and sea. Next was St. Mary's Cathedral, a Catholic church in the Romanesque style, but also with hints of Moorish architecture as the Spanish left a significant impact on its current look, although it has been continuous renovated since its construction. Finally, St. George's Cathedral is an Anglican church from the early 1800s built by the British.

Although modern building materials and techniques have been brought to St. Vincent & the Grenadines, the islands have not begun to build large high rises or post-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: May, 2014