- Address: Regent Street, Belize;
- Built: approximately in 1800 - 1820 years.
- Operating time: Mon. - Fri. from 8:30 to 17:00.
One of the most famous architectural landmarks of Belize is the Government House, which stands out for its architecture and decoration. Historically, it was provided to the governor-generals, who were sent by the English kings to control Belize .
Historical significance of the Government House
The government house was designed by the architect Christopher Rahn, who managed to combine in one building the features inherent in the buildings of the Caribbean region, and aristocratic lines of English architecture. The structure attracts the attention of tourists not only by the beautiful appearance, but by the historical events that occurred in it.
Here was signed a decree abolishing slavery, in 1834, on the occasion of which the Government House held a grand celebration. In 1981, it was over this building that the English flag was lowered and a new one, already independent, of Belize, was raised.
Government house in our days
To date, the Government House plays an important role in the socio-cultural life of the country. The building moved to the Ministry of Culture, which turned it into a House of Culture. Local residents constantly come to visit the exhibitions held in the building. One of the main exhibitions is a collection of photographs of past years of a famous researcher and scientist. In addition to permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions are held, so tourists always have a chance to get on something unique.
As the Government House is surrounded by a garden with lush greenery and a variety of trees, Belize residents use it to hold wedding ceremonies and celebrate city events. In addition, there are unique species of birds that attract ornithologists from all over the world.
The building is the center of the cultural and social life of the city, as well as its symbol and main attraction. Government House is also used as a concert platform, on which various ensembles and groups perform.
How to get to the Government House?
The building is located in the southern part of the city, which was built up at a time when the country was a colony of England. You can get to the Government House by finding Regent Street, not far from St. John's Cathedral.
You can walk to it across the bridge, and then by the courthouse, and also by car through Caesar Reach Road. The museum operates from 8.30 to 5 pm from Monday to Friday.