The city of Bridgetown, in the Parish of Saint Michael is the capital of the Caribbean island nation of Barbados and also its main port and economic center. Originally, the city was called Indian Bridge, after a built already in Indian time bridge over the River Constitution today called river. The city was founded in 1628 by the British and today has about 7,000 inhabitants, plus about 80,000 inhabitants in the suburbs, which means that one third of the population of Barbados lives here. They live mainly from tourism, but also produce sugar, rum and molasses.
In the center of the town is designated as Careenage mouth of the Constitution Rivers, which today serves as a marina. Right on the Careenage is the National Heroes Square (formerly Trafalgar Square), the central square of the city, where every day of six clock in the morning to six clock in the evening, according to legal regulation must fly the flag of Barbados. Here are the Parliament Buildings (formerly Public Buildings ), the seat of both chambers of the Barbadian Parliament to find. In the center of the square stands the Nelson monument, which was inaugurated in 1813, almost 30 years older than Nelson's Column in London. At Heroes Square begins with the Broad Street the main shopping street Bridgetown, on which department stores with international menu, smaller shops and banks are.
In Bridgetown there is next to important buildings of British colonial architecture. Foremost among these are the old Barbados Mutual Building, the Anglican St. Michael 's Cathedral, the system of Harrison College and St Anne's Garrison. The entire old town of Barbados is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- On the edge of town is the Kensington Oval, the largest stadium of Barbados.
- 2007 in a studio in Bridgetown, the album Good Girl Gone Bad was recorded.
- In 2010 the box world championships, 2004 Pan American Cup Women and the 2001 NORCECA Championship held in Bridgetown.
- The Grantley Adams International Airport was opened in 1939 and is located about 12.9 km to the east of Bridgetown.
- The city is the seat of the Catholic diocese of Bridgetown and the same Anglican diocese.
Sons and daughters of the town
- Arthur Barclay (1854-1938), president of Liberia
- Harry Beckett (1935-2010), trumpeter and flugelhorn player
- Grandmaster Flash (born 1958 ), hip-hop pioneer, DJ
- Sue Gardner (born 1967 ), journalist
- Obadele Thompson (born 1976 ), track and field athlete and Olympic medal winner
- Rihanna (* 1988), pop singer
- Ryan Brathwaite (* 1988), Athlete and World Championship gold medalist
- Darren Matthews (* 1991), cyclist
- United States Wilmington, USA ( 2004)
- Canada Bridgetown, Canada ( 2004)
- United Kingdom United Kingdom London Borough of Hackney, United Kingdom