On Saturday, 25 June 2011, the World Heritage Committee inscribed Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison into the World Heritage Sites listing. This is the first heritage site from Barbados to enter the World Heritage List.
An outstanding example of British colonial architecture consisting of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, the Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison (Barbados), testifies to the spread of Great Britain’s Atlantic colonial empire. The property also includes a nearby military garrison which consists of numerous historic buildings. With its serpentine urban lay-out, the property showcases a different approach to colonial town-planning compared to the Spanish and Dutch colonial cities of the region, which were built along a grid plan.
Other sites added to the list on Saturday include the Ancient Beech Forests of Germany as an extension to the World Heritage site of Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians (Slovakia, Ukraine), and Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (Japan).