Friday, 13 July 2012 9:19 AM
Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison are now included in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site list.
Bridgetown is a small district located Barbados, considered to be ‘an outstanding example of British colonial architecture' by UNESCO. It is dominated by its historic horse race-track, and a nearby military garrison which consists of numerous historic buildings.
The area has a serpentine urban lay-out which offers a very different colonial town-plan, compared to the Spanish and Dutch colonial cities of the region - which were built along a grid plan. Therefore the site offers a story ‘which testifies to the spread of Great Britain’s Atlantic colonial empire', according to UNESCO.
The site was considered for nomination after Barbados became signatory to the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage Convention in 2002.
Barbados submitted the nomination dossier to UNESCO World Heritage Centre on February 1st, 2009, and that was among 45 proposals which were examined by the World Heritage Committee in June 2010.
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