Barbados: Bridgetown – Historic Old Town

ridgetown is the capital of Barbados, a city of 110k people, founded back in 1628 by the British who arrived onto a totally abandoned and uninhabited island back then. The historic core is quite small and densely packed and is actually a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town is jam-packed with colorful old buildings and historical structures, many in different shape of near-dilapidation, as all the upkeep seemingly disappeared after the British left. Entering through a beautiful Chamberlain Bridge, you come onto the famous Parliament Building with a massive Clocktower, built in 1870. To the right from here is the Cathedral of Saint Michael from 1665 (albeit rebuilt in the 19th century). To the north is the Nidhe Israel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, built in 1654. Plenty of other old buildings, many colorful, line up streets that eventually lead to the harbor.