Jamaica: Port Royal – St Peter’s Anglican Church

Besides the Fort Charles, there is also St Peter’s Anglican Church that is a major attraction in Port Royal – this is the second oldest church in Jamaica. It was built in 1602 and destroyed the same year by an earthquake and a new stone one was built afterwards in 1726. The church has undergone several renovations over the years due to natural disasters, including earthquakes and hurricanes. Its design includes elements of Georgian and Gothic architecture, and It is small and squat with brick walls that are 4 feet thick, built to withstand hurricanes.It has no tower; the bells being rung from a separate frame in the churchyard. St Peter’s has a spectacular organ loft dating from 1745 supported by ornately carved wooden pillars.