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Jamaica Post Commemorates St. Andrew Parish Church

Published:Monday | December 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Contributed Earl Jarrett (left), general manager, Jamaica National Building Society; Julia Sutherland, deputy high commissioner in the British High Commission; and The Reverend Sirrano Kitson, rector at the St Andrew Parish Church, discuss a representation of 350th anniversary stamps commemorating the founding of the church. The stamps were officially launched by the Postal Corporation of Jamaica last Wednesday at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St Andrew.

Three postage stamps and a souvenir sheet commemorating the 350th anniversary of the founding of the St Andrew Parish Church were officially launched last Wednesday by the Postal Corporation of Jamaica.

Featuring different aspects of the church's interior and exterior, the stamps are issued in denominations of $20, $60, and $120. The launch took place at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St Andrew.

The St Andrew Parish Church was established in 1664, and has some of the oldest church monuments in the country. Its stained glass windows were installed after 1879, and the cemetery is one of the oldest that is in continuous use on the island.

Declared a national monument by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust on April 3, 2003, it is celebrating its 350th anniversary this year, along with the Cathedral of St Jago de la Vega in Spanish Town, and St David's Church in Yallahs, St Thomas.