The Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity is the mother church in the Anglican Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago.
A national landmark located in the heart of the capital city of Port of Spain, the Cathedral stands as a beacon of hope and faith.
Consecrated in 1823, the Holy Trinity Cathedral will mark its 200th Anniversary in 2023.
The very history of the Holy Trinity Cathedral is one of triumph over adversity.
Trinity Church, the first Anglican Church in Trinidad and Tobago, was a wooden building that stood on the corner of Prince and Frederick Streets. That original church, along with all the public buildings in Port of Spain, was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1808.
The British Crown granted funds for the construction of a new church. This construction started in Brunswick Square (now Woodford Square), but it was halted after public objections.
The cornerstone of the Holy Trinity Cathedral was laid at 30A Abercromby Street on May 30th, 1816. This time, like many of Port of Spain’s new buildings, construction was in stone.
Using elements from the Gothic Revival movement, the Cathedral features lancet windows, pinnacled buttresses, and a steeply pitched roof, with an overall emphasis on height. Materials used in construction include Laventille blue limestone, yellow brick imported from England, local mahogany, alabaster, and marble.
The Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity was consecrated on Trinity Sunday, May 25th. 1823.
In 1998 two sacred spaces were created on the grounds of the Cathedral. The Labyrinth is a space for private prayer and the Garden of Peace allows for interment of cremains in a sacred space.
On August 21st. 2018, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake affected parts of Trinidad and Tobago, and Holy Trinity Cathedral was significantly affected.
Already affected by earthquakes in 1825 and 1918, this time the Cathedral was forced to close its doors to services on February 17th, 2022.
The earthquake damaged walls, pillars, pinnacles, and decorative finials. Over time, water damage is proving to be problematic. Restoration is anticipated to cost more than $70 million dollars.
Although we cannot gather as a congregation as we have been accustomed, damage to the Cathedral and the worldwide lockdowns caused by the pandemic have caused the Church to be creative and find new ways to commune with each other and with God.
Beginning on Sunday 30th. October, 2022 families will once again be able to come to the Cathedral to worship.
The doors to the Children’s Chapel will open for Sunday School, and adults can congregate in the Parish Hall.
Announcements will be made about other services – in person and virtual – shortly.
“To restore all people to unity with God and one another in Christ”
“To equip God’s people for mission and ministry”