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Renovations at St. John the Baptist Anglican Cathedral #531295
07/12/18 12:03 PM
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Renovations continue at the St. John the Baptist Anglican Cathedral in Belize City. The renovations is part of the hard components of the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project. Funds provided by Taiwan ICDF and the Government of Belize.

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07/24/18 05:30 AM
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Video: Restoration Works on 200 year old St John's Cathedral Church

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08/29/18 06:18 AM
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Restoration For A History-soaked Cathedral

St. John's Cathedral is one of the major landmarks and main tourist attractions in Belize City - but the old church - which goes back to the 1800's is looking its age.

That's why it's now part of a restoration project. Now, it's not a repair project, it's far more involved than that. We found out more when we went to mass this morning at 9:00:...

Jules Vasquez reporting
St. John's Cathedral is historic - we all know that, but at over two centuries, its age is showing in crumbling masonry work and broken windows.

"For a building whose cornerstone was laid in 1812, this building has really stood strong and tall for 200 plus years. In the past we've done repairs, but this time around we have embarked on can best be called as a restoration effort. We are trying our best to recapture, if you will, some of the original splendor and beauty and an already beautiful building."

That means careful work on the mortar joints to reseat these 200 year old bricks that - history tells us - came across as ballast in slave ships.

"We've done some work on the roof. It needed a little bit of repairs. They are working on the windows now and they will be working on the brick work. The brick has suffered tremendously over the years and it's a meticulous job, because restoration is not just repairs. You are really trying to recapture an original look. And after that we will move to some of the woodwork and some of the interior stuff that also need to be restored, some of the glass windows has to be restored as well. This is a major undertaking. It will probably end up costing over a million dollars, to restore a building of this nature."

But while it is being repaired, the church is not frozen in time - this morning we saw the Bishop celebrating a service:

"This is a living church that in the midst that goes on around it, at this time construction, but its a living church that continues to meet and worship and give God thanks for his wonderful goodness."

Paul Garcia, People's Warden - ST. JOHN'S CATHEDRAL
"I feel pleased and happy to be a part of it. It is our church and we certainly appreciate all the help that we can get."

And that's where the Downtown Rejuvenation Project comes in - the Taiwanese have chipped in one hundred thousand US dollars, and there are private sponsors as well.

The "Saint John's Cathedral 2018 Restoration Initiative" is being partly funded by the Taiwan-Belize "Downtown Rejuvenation Project".

According to the Bishop, at Sunday, there will be the special presence from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua. Back in the 1800's, three Miskito Indian Kings were crowned at St. John's Cathedral in Belize City.

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Re: Renovations at St. John the Baptist Anglican Cathedral [Re: Marty] #532104
09/01/18 04:44 AM
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St. John’s Cathedral undergoing much needed restorations

June of this year saw the start of the “Saint John’s Cathedral 2018 Restoration Initiative”, an initiative in which members of the restoration project are attempting to return the oldest church in Belize to its original magnificence. While these restorations are happening the church is still alive and well, with services continuing as usual.

The cathedral, built from bricks which had been used as ballast aboard ships, was constructed about 200 years ago, between 1812 and 1820, when Belize was the colony of British Honduras. It was initially a parish church but became a cathedral in 1891.

This church has served as a landmark and tourist attraction for many years, and will now be getting the restorative care it desperately needs. After the physical structure is fully restored a tour guide will be employed to take tourists on a proper tour of the cathedral.

Today, we spoke with Paul Garcia, who is part of the restoration team, and he told us that the process will involve more than typical repairs such as the fixing of a door or window by a carpenter. Rather, the process will be an all-encompassing one that will address broken windows, out-of-place bricks, the leaking roof, and other worn or damaged parts of the structure that they have noticed that need to be cared for.

Garcia told us that two members of the project team, Paul Hunt and Gilroy Graham, have been tasked by the priest in charge of the cathedral, Father Lloyd Taylor, to see the project through.

He told us that the Anglican bishop, Philip Wright, estimates the restoration costs will amount to over a million dollars, and that US$100,000 of this cost was donated to them by the Ministry of Tourism, which in turn received a donation from the Taiwan government as a part of the “Downtown Rejuvenation Project.” He said that they were very thankful to both the Ministry of Tourism and the Taiwan government for this donation.

Garcia informed us that the repairs that they have already done have depleted that donation, and they are now relying on support from donors to complete the project, which includes outer and inner repairs of the cathedral as well as some landscaping.

He said that they had expected to complete the project at the end of this month, but there is a need for even more repairs than they had initially predicted. However, most of the heavy work has already taken place, including repairs of the leaking roof, and they now expect the project to be finished in November of this year. Garcia said that since their expenditure has surpassed the amount of money they have been granted, they will need even more support from the public.

He said that anyone who is willing to donate can do so at the Atlantic Bank at their account: “Saint John’s Cathedral 2018 Restoration Initiative”, account number 100295333.


Re: Renovations at St. John the Baptist Anglican Cathedral [Re: Marty] #539125
11/09/19 06:17 AM
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The Cathedral of St. John The Baptist Restored

One of Belize City's key historical landmarks is looking sharper than it has for a few decades!

Phase one of the restoration work at St. John's Cathedral Church has been completed. It included the stabilization, repair and refurbishment of the brickwork, windows, doors, west and east entrance gates, and roof of the building.

The restoration of the church was funded primarily through the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, a project funded by the GOB and The Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF).

And to celebrate the Church will hold a Thanksgiving service celebrated by Bishop Philip Wright.

The Cathedral now promises an even better experience to visitors with the establishment of a tourists' reception desk, information yard signs and the availability of a visitors' tour folder.

The Thanksgiving service for the Church's restoration will be held on Sunday at 4:00.

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