Nassau Paradise Island

Location:

Christ Church Cathedral

Visit the First Church Built in The Bahamas

The History – 1600s To The 1700s

Dating back to 1670, Christ Church Cathedral is the first church built in The Bahamas and is considered “the Mother Church of all the Anglican churches in The Bahamas.” The original building, the Parish of Christ Church, was destroyed by the Spaniards in 1684, with a second building completed in 1695—and again destroyed by the Spaniards in 1703. The third building was completed in 1724 and while it wasn’t destroyed by Spaniards, it was made of wood—so for longevity’s sake, it was replaced in 1754 by a fourth Gothic-style building made of cut stone from a local quarry.

The History – 1800s To Present Day

In 1841, a fifth building was opened for services, and was extended to the east in 1861 to include the area that is now the present sanctuary. It was also in 1861 that Christ Church Parish Church became a Cathedral—and Nassau officially became a city—with Christ Church Cathedral undergoing a number of renovations throughout the 1900s. This now historic landmark remains in use to this day at its present location on George Street in downtown Nassau.

The Services

As an Anglican/Episcopal Church, Christ Church Cathedral has daily services Sunday through Friday, offering morning and evening prayers, a midday service, and Holy Communion every day. If you are visiting this historic landmark, or are looking for somewhere to worship, the clergy of Christ Church Cathedral invites to you to “please come and experience God in an uplifting way with us.”