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Christansted in St Croix, Virgin Islands — The Caribbean (The West Indies)
 

Steeple Building

 
 
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By Don Morfe, January 27, 2012
1. Steeple Building Marker
Inscription. This building was the first Danish Lutheran church on the island—one of the few government buildings not directly involved in international trade. From 1754 to 1831 the Steeple Building was the embodiment of the Danish state religion. All government administrators as well as the fort’s garrison were required to worship there. Official proclamations, such as the abolition of the Danish slave trade, were read from the pulpit.

Like the Scale House and Guinea Company Warehouse, the Steeple building evolved. Rather than undertake mostly repairs, in 1831 the Lutherans bought the Dutch Reformed church on King Street. There you can see original furnishings from the Steeple Building: the altar, pulpit, chandeliers, baptismal font, and governor’s box.

The Church of our Lord God of Sabato (the Steeple Building’s official name) has been restored to its ca. 1800 appearance. The yard behind the church was the cemetery for the congregation
 
Location. 17° 44.79′ N, 64° 42.144′ W. Marker is in Christansted, Virgin Islands, in St Croix. Marker is on King Street. Touch for map. This marker is on the ground of the Christiansted National Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Christiansted VI 00820, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles

Steeple Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 27, 2012
2. Steeple Building Marker
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Danish Customs House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Christiansvaern (within shouting distance of this marker); Christiansted Wharf (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 12 King Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Jacob Lindberg House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Native American Village and Ceremonial Site (approx. 4.3 miles away); Millennium Monument (approx. 8.9 miles away); Fort Frederik (approx. 12.1 miles away).
 
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Steeple Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 31, 2012
3. Steeple Building Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 462 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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