Over the weekend we told you about the legend of Easter Rock and how it rolls down to Hawksnest Bay the night before Easter so it can get a drink of water. Well that got me thinking about some other fun facts and tales around here that you may not be familiar with. So today we’d like to tell you about the Christ of the Caribbean statue that used to sit up on Peace Hill.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Peace Hill, it’s located off of North Shore Road between Gibney and Jumbie beaches. There’s a small parking lot that fits a handful of cars adjacent to a very short trail that leads up to Peace Hill.
There are the ruins of an old windmill at the top of the hill and the views up there are simply stunning. You can see over Caneel Bay and out to St. Thomas to the west, Jost Van Dyke to the north and St. John’s North Shore and out to Tortola to the east.
Check out a few pics:
For just over 40 years, a very impressive statue stood high atop Peace Hill – Christ of the Caribbean. According to the owners of Hummingbird Hill (a villa here on St. John), Colonel Wadsworth commissioned St. Johnians Terrence Powell and Thomas Thomas to construct the statue in 1953. Its purpose was to oversee and bless the land and sea.
“Remarkably, as it seemed to have the properties of a sail, the creation withstood numerous hurricanes,” the owners of Hummingbird Hill wrote on their website. “However, it finally succumbed to the strength of Hurricane Marylyn in 1995. The islanders decided not reconstruct the statue. Much like the petroglyphs, the Christ of the Caribbean was a symbol of St. John and you could find, for example, gold and silver pendants in the shape of the statue in local shops. After almost twenty years, they are harder to find.”
Pretty neat, right?
You can still see some of the ruins of the old Christ of the Caribbean statue up at Peace Hill. This plaque remains nearby.
More news you can use today, folks. Have a great day everyone!