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The settlement of Bermuda began in what is now the town of St. George's when the Sea Venture—flagship of an English fleet carrying supplies to Jamestown, Virginia—was wrecked on Bermuda's treacherous reefs in 1609. Four hundred years later, no visit to the island would be complete without a stop in this picturesque and remarkably preserved example of an early New World outpost.
Although St. George's is a living community—not a living-history museum—it retains the patina of authenticity. In fact, in 2000 it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. That designation puts it on a par with spots like the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal in India. But don't expect awe-inspiring edifices here. On the contrary, St. George's chief charm lies in tiny walled cottages, simple colonial churches, and labyrinthine alleys that beg to be explored.
St. George's at a Glance
- Bermuda National Trust Museum at the Globe Hotel
- Bermuda Perfumery & Gardens
- Bermudian Heritage Museum
- Bridge House
- King's Square
- Nea's Alley
- The Old Rectory
- Old State House
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