Thursday, September 24, 2015

Magnificent Seven Mansions in Trinidad

One of Port of Spain's most historical attractions 

Port of Spain by Jason Lee Pack on Getty Images via Pinterest

The Magnificent Seven is a row of colonial mansions located on the northwest corner of Queen’s Park Savannah.   

These seven 19th century architectural wonders in the tropics include buildings patterned after Balmoral Castle in Scotland, a Venetian palace, a Baroque colonial period house, a German Renaissance castle, a Moorish residence, and a Gingerbread House. 

The Queen’s Royal College is the main building among the Magnificent Seven mansions. Built in 1902 the architecture of this building is primarily based on German Renaissance style. Initially known as the Royal College of Trinidad, it is now a boy's college. 

Whitehall Mansion - modelled on a Venetian-style palazzo, was formerly the T&T prime minister’s office. Photo Credit: Micheal Bruce via the Guardian 

The Gingerbread House was built in the 1920's, and after extensive renovations is now a traditional Trinidad guesthouse offering three rooms each with private bathrooms, cable tv, high speed interent and refrigerator. Photo Credit: Micheal Bruce via the Guardian

The Archbishop’s Palace was built in 1904, and is the residence of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Port of Spain

Roomor built in 1904 is the only one of the Magnificent Seven to remain as a private residence. Most of the building materials were imported - the marble from Italy, the tiles from France and the cast-iron from Scotland. Photo Credit: Micheal Bruce via the Guardian

Stollmeyer's Castle constructed in 1902 was patterned after a wing of Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Photo Credit: Panoramio 

Mille Fleurs was built in 1904 for the Prada family, purchased by the government in the the late 1970's, is unfortunately in a state of disrepair. 
Photo Credit: Trinidad and Tobago News Day 

Here's an interesting fact - During the World War II both Whitehall Mansion and Stollmeyer's Castle were occupied by U.S. Forces

Happy Travels,

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