360 degree photo of the Bliss Lighthouse in Belize City at sunset
Growing up, 9th of March was referred to as Baron Bliss Day, in honor of Belize’s greatest benefactor, Henry Edward Ernest Victor Bliss, 4th Baron Bliss. The British Born, who later became a Portuguese, visited Belize onboard his yacht, the Sea King as seen in the picture, fell in love with Belize, and stayed anchored at the the Belize Harbor until he died in 1926.
He loved Belize so much, that he left a great portion of his wealth (Over $2 million at that time), which has been put into a special Trust Fund, and ever since has been used for projects in Belize. He did that with one condition, that his remains be placed near the sea, something he always loved about Belize. Today his remains is still near the sea, at the foot of the Baron Bliss Lighthouse in Belize City in honor of Belize’s Greatest Benefactor.
A few years ago, in 2008, Baron Bliss Day was renamed as Heroes and Benefactors Day. This was done to honor other Belizean heroes that have equally contributed significantly to the growth of Belize.
Walking by the Lighthouse Belize City
We walked through the streets of the Fort George marina, the Baron Bliss lighthouse monument and its surroundings.
Photograph by Will Moreno Photography
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