Friday, March 13, 2009
Queen Sofia visits Holy Trinity Cathedral
The King and Queen of Spain paid a courtesy call on Jamaica. They visited many sights. Included were Spanish Town, one of the few remaining authentic sites in the Caribbean. They also met the Prime Minister and other dignitaries while touring the island. Their are many investments in the hotel industry and a number of new projects have been undertaken.
Queen Sofia made a courtesy call at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston, where the Spanish Government have been providing expert help in the restoration of the cathedral, which suffered extensive damage as a result of hurricanes and the passage of time. Along with local and foreign contributors, extensive renovation have been started and continues. The Spanish Government have sent experts in restoration and trains a number of Jamaican artisans in the art of restoring sacred murals, mosaics and frescoes. Those who saw the restoration work for the first time were deeply impressed by the beauty of the murals, restored to their original colours, after so many decades.
Sunday, February 5, 1911 was a triumphant day for Bishop Collins, who spearheaded the establishment of the Cathedral. Before him stood his monumental dream, the most magnificent, the largest, the costliest church in the British West Indies. Built in Spanish Moorish style, with dome and four minarets. Pope John Paul said Mass here in April 1993.
Queen Sofia was escorted by Archbishop Emeritus Lawrence Burke, as he gave updates on the restoration's progress.