The U.S. Virgin Islands: Saint Thomas & the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul
About the U.S. Virgin Islands:
The U.S. Virgin Islands were discovered on Christopher Columbus’ second voyage, in 1493. He claimed them for Spain and named them after Las Once Mil Virgenes (11,000 virgins) in honor of Saint Ursula, martyred by the Huns for refusing to marry a pagan prince.
However; it was Denmark that first settled Saint Thomas in 1672, and subsequently Saint John, and then finally, Saint Croix. The islands went through a dark period as a slave port until the late 19th Century when, in 1792, Denmark abolished the slave trade.
All three islands were purchased by the United States in 1917. And, finally in 1927, U.S. citizenship was granted to Virgin Islanders.
About the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul:
Originally built in 1802, then destroyed by fire in 1804, rebuilt and then mostly destroyed by a hurricane in 1837. It was rebuilt once again and stands to this day.
Today the islands are known as a popular tourist destination as well as a port call for many cruise lines. And, of course, it is a desired location for weddings as well. If this is a wedding venue that you are considering, then be sure to check the marriage requirements on their website.
Guided tours are available, call the church office at (1) 340-774-0201 for further information.
Weekday Masses are at 7:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Saturday Vigil Mass at 6:00 p.m. and
Sunday Masses at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish)
Traveling to Sts Peter & Paul Cathedral in St. Thomas:
Address: 22 Kronprindsens Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00803
Tel: +1 (340) 774-0201 or +1 (340) 774-0774 Fax: +1 (340) 776-9586
Click here for the official website of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Saint Thomas
Planning to drive on the Virgin Islands? Caution, unlike everywhere else in the U.S., you drive on the left, similar to Great Britain. And….be careful when crossing the street…look first to the right and then the left. This is the direct opposite for most people where the driving is on the right side of the road.