Historic Churches

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“Historic Churches, St. Croix Heritage Trail”

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St. Croix's many historic churches reflect the rich social diversity and religious tolerance that has characterized the island since Danish times. Lutherans, Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Dutch Reformed, Moravians, and Jews all established places of worship during the 18th Century.

The Moravians came as missionaries in the 1730's, to convert the enslaved Africans, and their success encouraged other faiths to follow suit. Enslaved and free African-Caribbean craftsmen built most of the churches. Architecturally, the churches display an interesting blend of international styles and local detailing that speaks of our distinctive Creole heritage.

© DCJR 2013