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At the eastern entrance to Kingston Harbour, you will learn about the serious studies underway at the university's marine lab. Marine biology and ecology, aquaculture, fisheries and coastal management are all practiced here. The centre was founded in 1955. At the time, it was a single, small room in the Old Naval Dockyard. Over the years, it has blossomed and now occupies "Crab Hall," a one-acre site at the Navy Hospital. For additional information on Marine Sciences or to schedule a visit, contact the lab.
Visitors come to Jamaica for world-class cricket matches at Sabina Park. The contrast of men in white playing on the vibrant greenery of the fields is a picture perfect sight. By the time you've experienced a match, you will have the entire lingo down. You'll toss around terms like "bowlers and fielders," and "silly mid-ons". You'll come to understand what "short leg", and "long leg", mean, and you'll witness first-hand some of the more gentlemanly aspects of the game, like a tea break before 4pm.
This church is the only one in Jamaica with a copper roof. It was built in 1911, and the beautiful stained glass windows are of that vintage. The Jamaica National Heritage Trust declared this Catholic church a National Landmark recently, and the pipe organ is the oldest and largest in the English-speaking Caribbean. Most funeral services for the nation's dignitaries, such as those of late Prime Minister Michael Manley, are held here. Call ahead for service hours.
One of the oldest Baptist churches in Jamaica, it is a magnificent reminder of Kingston of over a century ago. It is a large, red brick building with lovely blue windows. The exterior has many objects competing for your attention: a large mural on the back fence depicts scenes from Jesus' life, including the Nativity. There is a little garden with a stately royal palm, and a beautifully decorative entrance gate. The George Lisle Centre is home for many of the church's outreach activities, such as its health clinic.
Built over a century ago, this magnificent house of worship is a testament to skill of Jamaica's craftsmen of ages past. The interior is just as lovely, with decorative wooden pews. In the early days only the white upper class were allowed to worship here. It is one of many national landmarks on North Street.
Here's a photo opportunity! Worthy of a visit, the Bob Marley statue greets you at the entrance to Independence Park -- a "must" if your're a visitor to Kingston. Heralded as one the most famous personalities to come out of Jamaica, Robert Nesta Marley was the first to expose Jamaica's indigenous music, "Reggae" to the world.
Independence Park is the Mecca for Jamaica's sporting and cultural activities. You'll know you're there when you notice Bob Marley's statue just before turning into the park from Arthur Wint Drive. This is our National Stadium, the island's premier sports center where 36,000 spectators witnessed the qualification of the national football team for the 1998 World Cup. It is where the hoisting of the black, green and gold flag of Jamaica took place on August 6, 1962. A statue of Olympic gold medalist, Donald Quarrie, stands just outside the stadium.
The Monument of the Right Excellent Nanny is located in the National Heroes Park in downtown Kingston. It represents a historical figure who led the freed slaves referred to as Maroons. Queen Nanny, as she was known, had an air of the supernatural about her and used to perform unnatural acts such as catching cannon balls and throwing them back with force against the British platoons. She was, however killed in action and became known as Queen Nanny of the Windward Maroons. -Nadia Ali