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Bridgetown (Barbados)
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Coordinates 13 ° 5 '46 "  N , 59 ° 36' 30"  W Coordinates: 13 ° 5 '46 "  N , 59 ° 36' 30"  W.
Basic data
Country Barbados


Saint Michael
height 4 m
surface 40 km²
Residents 110,000 (2014)
density 2750  Ew. / km²
founding 1628
Twin cities United StatesUnited States Wilmington Bridgetown Hackney (London)
United KingdomUnited Kingdom 
Downtown aerial view
Downtown aerial view

The city of Bridgetown [ ˈbrɪdʒtaʊn ] in Parish Saint Michael is the capital of the Caribbean island state of Barbados and also its main port and economic center. Originally the city was called Indian Bridge , after a bridge over what is now called Constitution River , which was built in Indian times . The city was founded by the British in 1628. The residents live mainly from tourism , but also produce sugar , rum and molasses .

Bridgetown, National Heroes Square, Parliament Buildings
Chamberlain Bridge over Careenage, Arch of Independence

City center

Nelson Monument overlooking Broad Street

The mouth of the Constitution River is now a marina. He is in the center of the city as Careenage called because here early sailing ships careened were (ger .: careening to clean) to the hulls. National Heroes Square (formerly: Trafalgar Square ) is located directly on Careenage , the central square of the city, where the law of Barbados has to fly the flag of Barbados every day from six in the morning to six in the evening . The Parliament Buildings (formerly: Public Buildings ), the seat of the two chambers of the Barbadian parliament, can also be found here. In the center of the square is the Nelson monument, which was inaugurated in 1813 and is almost 30 years older than the Nelson Column in London. At Heroes Square begins with the Broad Street the main commercial street of Bridgetown, on which department stores are small shops and banks with international menu.

In Bridgetown there are also some important buildings of British colonial architecture. Mention should be made here of the old Barbados Mutual Building , the Anglican St. Michael's Cathedral , the grounds of Harrison College and St. Anne's Garrison . The entire old town of Bridgetown, along with the garrison, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011 .


sons and daughters of the town

Town twinning

Web links

Commons : Bridgetown  - album with pictures, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Bridgetown  - explanations of meanings, origins of words, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Entry on the website of the UNESCO World Heritage Center ( English and French ).
  2. ^ Diocese of Bridgetown
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