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Nov 8, 2019

The Restoration of St. John’s Cathedral

The Saint John’s Cathedral Church at the end of Albert Street in downtown Belize City is a landmark structure, having been erected centuries ago. Over the years, the building has endured its share of wear and tear, but now the historic cathedral has received a much needed facelift.  The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation through the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, has completed phase one of the restoration of the house of worship, at over a hundred thousand dollars. The renovation work began in June 2018 and concluded back in August, but an official service of appreciation will be held this Sunday at four p.m. Earlier today, News Five spoke with project director John Arana.

 

John Arana

John Arana, Project Director, Downtown Rejuvenation Project

“We did some restoration work at the cathedral. It involved improvements to the doors and windows; also re-pointing of the bricks, cleaning of the building and fixing of the roof. Under the Downtown Rejuvenation Project; it is a multi-year project, four years and multi-location. So under the project, we are doing major works at the Government House, Saint John’s Cathedral and at Supreme Court. At corner Coburn Lane and Regent Street and we’ve also done some work on Albert Street; the Human Development building on Albert Street. The two major works ongoing right now is the government house and the location previously known as Paslow. The people have chosen the name Belize Heritage Plaza as the new name. So the government house we expect it to end at the end of January 2020 and the Belize Heritage Plaza within the next two or three months.”

 

Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project, valued at fourteen million dollars, is funded by the Government of Belize and the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund.


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