Holding On To Heritage : The Capital of Barbados11th January, 2012
Known by all locals as simply "Town", Bridgetown is the largest, most popular and not to mention the commercial hub of the cities in Barbados. It was originally named "Indie Bridge" for the rude bridge which was constructed over the river (now known as the Careenage) by Indians. It was then named "Town of St. Michael" in official documents before it was given the name that stuck - Bridgetown. In the past, the Careenage was a main meeting and trading point for inter-island trading vessels, however in recent times it has become a hub for pleasure crafts such as catamarans, yachts, and power boats.
The Parliament building, located at the top of Broad Street is a main sight to see. The Barbados Parliament was established in 1639 making it the third oldest Parliament in the entire Commonwealth. In 2006 the west wing of the Parliament building was refurbished and transformed into the Barbados National Hero's Gallery and The Barbados Museum of Parliament.
With the buzz of activity and so much to do, see and explore your trip to Barbados is not complete with out a visit to Barbados's main city, Bridgetown!