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St Peters Church ( Bermuda), Hamilton

St Peters Church Bermuda is situated in St George’s town. The church is known to be the oldest Anglican church in the whole Western hemisphere. The church that we see today superseded the 1612 structure constructed with leaves of palmetto and wooden posts, and was augmented in 1713. The new additions such as wings and tower were made to the church in 19th century.

The inside ambience of the church is simple and lovely. The cedar beams, candlelit chandeliers spilling divine aura, and rugged wooden pillars are some of the features of the interior of the church. The visitors can see the beautiful altar retained from the old structure still there in the church. The altar was originally carved under the keen eyes of Richard Moore, the first governor of Bermuda. The font used in the church is said to be some 500 years old and has come from the first settlers in Bermuda.

The visitors can also explore the various practices of the old times. There is a walled area slumped on the west side of the church, which was created for black slaves while the east side area was contrived for the whites. Like every church in the land, this church also has an elegant and intriguing gallery. The gallery was created for the blacks in 1700s. The devotees entered into the gallery via an isolated door that stood on the North West side corner in the church.

There are two graveyards outside the church. The visitors can see or pay formal condolences on the graveyards of eminent Bermudians such as Governor Sir Richard Sharples and Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale here.

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