About Holy Trinity Cathedral
Out of those flames and over more than two centuries, the Trinity Church, now The Holy Trinity Cathedral, has risen to become not only the Mother Church of the Anglican Community, but also a geographical icon and national landmark in the heart of downtown Port-of-Spain.
As one of the country’s oldest colonial era structures, a main thought underlying its original construction was the strengthening of the Anglican Church in the West Indies, which was still predominantly Roman Catholic after the British took over in 1797. The Holy Trinity stands as a testament to that mission.
A bit about then and now:
May 1816 saw the laying of the cornerstone in its current location at 30A Abercromby St..Seven years later, in May 1823, the church building as it now stands was completed and consecrated. Its walls incorporate blue limestone from the Laventille quarries, as well as yellow stones from Britain. Its pinnacled buttresses, huge trusses and steeply pitched hammer-beam mahogany roof make for height and spaciousness. Lancet windows, epitaphs, elegant chandeliers, resounding bells and clock chimes on the quarter-hour, convey a sense of the grand and the sacred. The organ which was installed in 1914 and rebuilt in 2010, displays a magnificent range of capabilities. The complete refurbishment was undertaken by David Burke of Barbados.
A visit to Holy Trinity Cathedral, will no doubt draw your eyes to architectural features hailing back to the Georgian, Gothic and Victorian eras in British history. More recent additions to the grounds of The Holy Trinity Cathedral include the Labyrinth and the Garden of Peace, in keeping with the growing public need for private prayer and sacred spaces for interment.
Its status as a geographical icon in the heart of the city is established by the surrounding main streets and other notable, popular structures:
– Frederick St.(East)
– Abercromby St.(West)
– Hart St. (North)
– Queen Janelle Penny Commissiong St.(South)
Surrounding landmark locations and structures include:
– Independence Square
– Brian Lara Promenade
– Woodford Square
– The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
– The Hall of Justice
– Eric Williams Financial Complex
– Radisson Hotel
– Nicholas Tower
Take the virtual tour of The Holy Trinity Cathedral. Listen and learn first-hand about its imprint on the religious and cultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobago from Parishioner and tour guide Ms. Kathryn Mc Connie.
Enjoy the trip!
“Hallelujah Chorus” – adapted by Pat Bishop
The Lydians Handel’s Messiah (2009) Queen’s Hall Auditorium, St. Ann’s, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean)
The Lydian Singers proudly supported by First Citizens
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