Monday, December 5, 2011

Antigua: St John's Cathedral

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When we arrived in Antigua I wanted to see St John's cathedral before I hit the beach. There has been a church in this spot for hundreds of years. The first was destroyed in 1683 by an earthquake, the second was destroyed in 1843 by another earthquake. The current version is in the middle of a major renovation project that has left it without a roof.

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I love that the church just keeps fighting back.

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I found this sheet of music tucked just inside one of the gates on the corner of the stairs. I couldn't help wondering how long it had been there.

As I walked around the church wishing I could see the inside Elton John's Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, kept popping up in my head.

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19 comments:

tinajo said...

I love churches and cathredrals - you can almost always feel history with those buildings! This is beautiful! :-)

Diana Joy said...

Just want to say hi.......and I am enjoying traveling with you. Thanks.

urban muser said...

that church definitely has some fighting spirit! great shots.

Ms. Becky said...

that's a lovely story about the history of the church. I'm feeling lots of photo-love for that shot of the sheet music hidden in the leaves. what a great find Jamie! happy week to you.

amy b.s. said...

great photos.

Christianna said...

Wow, that is beautiful! You get to see the coolest stuff!

Anna said...

Hi Jamie,
I was on a blog break last week, so it's been really fun to catch up on all your travel photos and journeys. I'm loving all the color, old architecture, and artfulness of your captures!!! The world is so amazingly beautiful and huge! Glad you're enjoying it. Wish I was there:)

ELK said...

oh how wonderful to find the music among all the beauty!!

Marisa A. said...

Wow that is kind of crazy to find that sheet music there. Also awesome Elton song. One of my favs.

Tat @ Mum in search said...

The church has such an interesting story and how romantic to find a music sheet there!

Karen said...

Another beautiful set of photos. I just love the one of the sheet music.

lisa said...

I visited here several years ago, and it is truly so beautiful!
Thank you for sharing these wonderful photographs here Jamie.

Elle Sees said...

I've always wanted to visit there! Enter to win 5 shirts from StyleMint!

Cindy said...

the sheet music seems to have been waiting for you!

Shannon@vintagerestyled said...

The sheet music is a bit unnerving...wonder the deeper messege...

A Box of Chocolates said...

oh i love the music sheet photo i love it really

The Blonde Duck said...

I wish I was there!

Stampmouse said...

old building are so much fun to look at and learn about so much history and if only their walls could talk love the shot of the music what a great find

Bibi said...

Love the last picture! How I would have loved to see the cathedral, I love exploring old churches and cathedrals!

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