I was inspired by today’s UNESCO World Heritage Day to post a few of my own photos – from Jamaica to Vermont to Sri Lanka – reflecting the power of our built heritage. I hope you will enjoy them. I have many more photos, so it was quite hard to pick out a few of my favorites. Please hover your mouse over each picture, and the caption will come up. I included two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: one right here in Jamaica, and the other in faraway Sri Lanka; as well as photos I took during an intriguing tour of the Parish of Clarendon.
The verandah at Seville Great House, which was was built in 1745 as part of the New Seville area – the site of the old Spanish capital of Jamaica, Sevilla La Nueva.
St. Peter’s Church in Alley, Clarendon is one of the oldest Anglican churches in Jamaica, built in 1671. The original slate roof is no longer there but you can find a few pieces lying around.
A rural house and spice garden in Sri Lanka (near a heavenly lake).
An old farmhouse on a dark day in Vermont.
A part of the old hospital in Port Royal – like the whole town, in need of some tender loving care.
Newcastle training camp for the Jamaica Defence Force (with trainees dotted about) in the Blue Mountains was established in 1841 as a hill station for British troops (built to escape the Yellow Fever).
A doorway in Fort Frederick, St. George’s, Grenada, which was built by the French in 1779 but taken over by the British.
One section of the large, rambling, fascinating Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka.
This amazing mill in Clarendon (which is SO rich in heritage) is used as a library. It’s in great condition.
Inside the beautiful public library (with an art gallery in the back) in the St. Johnsbury Atheneum building in Vermont. Founded in 1871, it is a National Historic Landmark.
A moss-covered tree at Holywell, in Jamaica’s Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
An old mill in the Portland Bight area of Clarendon, which is slowly turning into a tree.
One of UNESCO’s Top Five World Heritage Sites is Sigiriya. It’s an ancient rock fortress (yes, there is a fortress at the top) dating back to the fifth century, with a turbulent history. It is simply stunning, set in a lush green plain filled with wildlife…I saw monkeys, parrots, monitor lizards and more.
A typical barn near St. Johnsbury, Vermont.