Visit The Bahamas, and you might just decide to become a lifelong resident. Nassau alone is home to so many fascinating historical sites, which shed light on the community's past and make for great places to visit in the present day. Some of these sites are even still in use today, serving as centers of public life in Nassau. Our agents have the details on six Nassau destinations where you can step into the past and learn more about local history.
Fort Fincastle – Bennet's Hill
One of three historic forts found near Nassau and Paradise Island homes for sale with stunning views of Nassau, Fort Fincastle was constructed in 1793 atop Bennet's Hill by Lord Dunmore, a British captain looking to protect the area from pirates. You can still see the many cannons that were never once fired. Guided tours are offered daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Versailles Gardens and French Cloister – Paradise Island Drive
Nassau's historical sites contain influences from many cultures, and few have as unusual a backstory as the Versailles Gardens and French Cloister. Originally constructed as a monastery in medieval France, the French Cloister was imported and rebuilt one brick at a time in The Bahamas more than six centuries later in the 1960s. Reconstructed on high ground, this site also offers scenic views of Paradise Island.
Christ Church Cathedral – George Street
Built in 1841 and still used for church services to this day, the Christ Church Cathedral is one of the oldest Anglican Churches in all of The Bahamas. In addition to its religious history, the church is a popular place for people who want to learn more about local, historic architecture. It was constructed from locally quarried limestone, using large blocks held together by gravity and careful positioning without the use of mortar.
Blackbeard's Tower – Blackbeard Terrace
The legendary pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, is said to have spent quite a bit of time in The Bahamas. If you love learning about the history of pirates, then you won't want to miss the chance to visit Blackbeard's Tower. Said to be used for scouting by Blackbeard himself during the 17th century, the tower can still be visited today and offers outstanding views of the surrounding scenery in addition to its historical significance.
Nassau Public Library & Museum – Shirley Street
Public libraries don't often appear on the list of fascinating historical sites, but the Nassau Public Library & Museum is an exception for good reason. Originally constructed as a jail and workhouse in 1797, the Nassau Public Library & Museum was converted to its current purpose in the 1870s. Tours are available daily, and this has to be the only library that features an underground dungeon!
Parliament Square – East Bay Street
A historical site that also serves as a center of government in the present day, the buildings of Parliament Square provide a window into the style of colonial architecture that was most popular during the 1800s. Today, Parliament Square is home to the House of Assembly, the Senate Building, and the Supreme Court, in addition to a variety of other governmental buildings.
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