As I’ve got around the island recently, I’ve admired some of the gorgeous churches and noticed how many there are! Just about everywhere you turn, there’s a church. And like Bermuda’s homes, its churches are pretty too – blues, pinks, greens, whites, yellows, you name it. Some of the churches date back to Bermuda’s settlement days in the early 1600s so churches definitely form a rich part of Bermuda’s history and that of Bermudians themselves.
There really does seem like a very large number of operating churches for the tiny population of around 65,000, so I thought I’d look into this some more and find out if Bermudians really do go to church (as the existence of so many churches might indicate).
So apparently Bermuda has have one of the highest number of churches per capita.. I wasn’t just imagining it. Many locals (and visitors) still attend Sunday services at one of over 100 places of worship on the island. Since I’ve paid more attention to the churches over the past few weeks, I have really noticed how many people flock to Sunday service. Bermuda’s shops don’t usually open until around lunchtime on Sunday, giving locals an opportunity to attend a service, should they wish. It is also a tradition for many Bermudians to get married in a church.
I thought I’d share some of my favourite churches that I’ve seen so far…
St Anne’s is a gorgeous little church in Church Bay Southampton overlooking the south shore. It’s surrounded by leaning grave stones and perched on the corner of Church Road and South Road. The white contrast against the blue ocean is simply stunning. The church that stands here today is not the original. In fact construction of the original church began in 1616 (built out of Bermuda Cedar) and was completed in 1626. Hurricanes in the early 1700s destroyed St Anne’s (and many other churches built out of wood). A stone church was constructed on the site and completed in 1719. This has since undergone several restorations.
So you could say Bermuda’s churches are extremely interesting and full of history and I can’t wait to explore more.
Kiwi in Bermuda