Sights in Belize city

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Belize City, with population strength of about 50,000, is one of the largest cities in Belize. The following Belize City Sights include the must-see destinations that should not be missed out on any account.

The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center

The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is one of the fascinating attractions in Belize City. Spread over 29 acres of land, the zoo is home to about 150 indigenous animals. The collection of animals includes the black jaguar, puma, margay, spotted jaguar, scarlet macaws, crocodiles, tapir, peccaries and kinkajou. In order to provide the animals with a natural habitat, the enclosures in the zoo resemble a natural dense forest. Over 15,000 schoolchildren visit the zoo every year as part of their educational excursion. The zoo stays open between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Museum of Belize   

Built in 1857, this 2-storey building was originally a penitentiary. Now transformed into a museum, this building documents the history and heritage of Belize City dating back to over 3 centuries. An assortment of historical documents, photographs, paintings, currency, stamps, artifacts of Maya civilization including pottery, a replica of the famous Jade Head, ornate flint weapons and stone jewelry will give you a glimpse of the aura of bygone days. Besides the ancient exhibits, the indigenous insects of Belize City too are on permanent display. Also, a prison cell of 19th century, restored to its original condition, is worth a view. The museum remains open from Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

St. John’s Cathedral

St. John’s Cathedral, built in 1812, is the oldest Anglican cathedral in Central America. During the 19th century, several kings had their coronations held here. Within the church, the numerous commemorative stone tablets built in memory of those Englishmen and their family who perished in yellow fever, will draw your attention.The church stays open between 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Bird Island

Away from the bustling city life, Bird island is a great site to spend few hours in peace observing God’s creation at its best. The island boasts of a huge collection of birds including reddish heron, white ibis, brown pelicans, egrets, cormorants and Amazon kingfisher. Don’t forget to take your camera along as you will get plenty of opportunities to capture some fascinating images of birds resting in their nests.

House of Culture

Constructed in 1814, the House of Culture is a stunning colonial mansion which was once the residence of the governor-general of Belize. Today, you will see many artifacts, historical photographs and the furniture from the former residence displayed here, typically giving you an idea of the former glory of the house. 

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March 04, 2010 change by ashmita

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St. John's Cathedral

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The oldest Anglican Cathedral Church in Central America was built in 1812 from bricks brought as ballast from European sailing ships. Over the years, Government House (now a Museum) was used as an administrative office and living quarters for the governors of Belize. This was built in early 1800 with a combination of Caribbean Vernacular and English Urban architecture.

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