The World Heritage Committee has inscribed new sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List today: Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, the first heritage site of Barbados to enter the World Heritage List is among its sites.
Barbados’ historic Bridgetown and its Garrison is an outstanding example of British colonial architecture consisting of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th , 18th and 19th centuries. The colonial architecture here testifies to the spread of Great Britain’s Atlantic colonial empire. The property also includes a nearby military garrison which consists of numerous historic buildings.
With its serpentine urban lay-out, the property testifies to a different approach to colonial town-planning compared to the Spanish and Dutch colonial cities found throughout the region which were built along a grid plan.