nassau queens staircase
The Queen's Staircase in Nassau.
News

New Life for the Landmark Queen’s Staircase in Nassau

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - February 14, 2024

It’s one of the most iconic spots in all of Nassau and Paradise Island in The Bahamas: the Queen’s Staircase, which was built in the mid-1830s and eventually named for Queen Victoria. 

The staircase in the heart of downtown Nassau was hand-carved by 600 formerly-enslaved people, who carved an impressive 66 steps using only rudimentary tools. It was originally intended to be a hidden pedestrian access to the eastern portion of the local community. 

It was named for Victoria, who signed a declaration to abolish slavery upon her ascension to the throne in 1837.

Now, the beloved staircase is getting new life, thanks to a $200,000 initiative by the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board, which seeks to “preserve and enhance this iconic spot steeped in rich history.”

“With its historical significance and architectural splendor, The Queen’s Staircase holds a special place in the hearts of both locals and visitors. I am thrilled to be launching this restoration project to ensure it remains a treasured spot for years to come,” said Joy Jibrilu, CEO of Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board. “This restoration project reflects the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board’s commitment to improving product quality, development, and tourism infrastructure in Nassau & Paradise Island, and we look forward to seeing our cultural landmark returned to its full glory.”

The wide-ranging project will include the repair and restoration of the staircase’s water feature; the installation of solar LED lighting; new lighting systems for the staircase and walkway; new landscaping; upgraded site signage and a new information plaque; and monthly maintenance, among other projects. 

It’s a significant step for a landmark that “is a remarkable achievement,” according to Rosen Moxey, chair of The Bahamas’ Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation.

“It is no wonder that for almost 200 years this staircase has become such a prominent tourist attraction,” she said. “What was once meant to be invisible, has been observed, photographed, and traversed by millions, with many more visitors expected in the future thanks to this project.”

Popular Posts the sexiest beaches including this resort at atlantis

The Sexiest Beaches in the Caribbean to Visit Right Now 

One is a beach with a nightclub-style pool right next door. Another is filled with beach bars — and even has its own au natural corner. Then there’s a beach that’s practically a nonstop party.  There are so many things that […]


The Best Caribbean Islands to Visit This Summer, From Antigua to St Croix

verandah antigua

We’ve been saying it for years, and we’ll keep saying it: in some ways, the Caribbean is even better in the summer months. The water is warm. It’s a bit less crowded, a little bit quieter. At night, the trade […]


American Airlines Just Expanded Its French Caribbean Flights

martinique american airlines

From the rainforests to the rum, the haute cuisine to the beaches, the French Caribbean island of Martinique is among the most diverse, fascinating places to visit in the wider region.  And now it’s easier than ever to fly to […]


Related Posts wine lovers in nassau

Another Reason for Wine Lovers to Come to Nassau  

Nassau has long been a haven for wine lovers, with a host of restaurants with impressive wine lists — none more so than the Graycliff Hotel, which has the third-largest wine cellar in the world.  Now, wine lovers have another […]


The Bahamas Just Named NBA Star Buddy Hield a Sports Ambassador

buddy hield nba ambassador for bahamas

NBA star and Grand Bahamian Chavano “Buddy” Hield has been appointed an Ambassador-at-Large for Sports and Cultural Advancement for The Bahamas. Hield was presented credentials during a ceremony this week by Prime Minister Philip Davis at the Office of the […]


Why to Visit Nassau and Paradise Island in The Bahamas Right Now

walking on the beach in nassau

Just take a short stroll around downtown Nassau and you see it. On one corner, a sparkling new Margaritaville-branded resort anchoring a new mixed-use development. A few steps away, a cutting-edge gallery by one of The Bahamas’ greatest artists. Just […]


SUBSCRIBE!

Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.


No. Thank You