UNESCO World Heritage Site

A Unique Experience

In 2000, the Historic Town of St. George and its Related Fortifications joined an elite group of recognized world treasures that includes Stonehenge in the UK, the Acropolis in Greece, the Great Wall of China and the Statue of Liberty.  St George’s with its related fortifications is an outstanding example of a continuously occupied, fortified, colonial town dating from the early 17th century and the oldest English town in the New World.  We invite you to explore and enjoy this jewel in Bermuda’s crown.

What is a World Heritage Site?

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a specific site (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that has been nominated and confirmed for inclusion on the list maintained by the World Heritage Programme.

The World Heritage Programme is coordinated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of outstanding cultural and natural heritage sites around the world.

“What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application.  World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located.” -taken from http://whc.unesco.org

Our World Heritage Site

The Town of St. George presents a unique opportunity for people to learn about and to experience Bermuda’s culture, traditions and heritage.  After nearly 400 years of continuous occupation St. George’s remains a “living town.”  Since its founding, the Town has changed with the times, thriving and expanding in periods of prosperity and languishing in times of want.  It has had many roles from colonial capital to commercial centre and military and naval base.  The town today retains its tightly knit network of buildings, streets, alleys, parks, squares and monuments reflecting its long and varied past and the changing role it has played in Bermuda’s history.