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A junkanoo celebration to mark the relaunch of the Queen's Staircase.
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A New Look for a Downtown Nassau Landmark 

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - May 3, 2024

Nassau’s iconic Queen’s Staircase has unveiled its new look after the culmination of a $200,000 restoration project. The Bahamian capital’s historic downtown site, which was carved out of limestone in the 1830s by formerly enslaved people, connects downtown with Bennet’s Hill — the highest point in Nassau. 

The staircase is named for Queen Victoria, who signed a declaration to abolish slavery when she ascended to the throne in 1837. 

The project included a host of upgrades and changes: new pipes and pumps for the waterfall, new solar LED lighting; upgraded lighting systems in the staircase; enhanced landscaping; new site signage, new pest control measures and a new maintenance schedule each month. 

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The Queen’s Staircase is a Bahamian landmark.

““The Queen’s Staircase has long held a special place in the hearts of Bahamians, as a treasured spot steeped in rich history and architectural splendor. Through our adoption of the Queen’s Staricase to restore and enhance its beauty, we hope that the legacy of the iconic landmark will live on,” said Joy Jibrilu, CEO of the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board. “We are thrilled with the upgrades that have been made with enhanced lighting features, new landscaping and updated signage that enhances The Queen’s Staircase’s appeal and visibility. We also look forward to implementing a monthly maintenance plan that will ensure ongoing preservation of the restored features, making it easier for visitors to learn about the rich history of our country and enjoy the beauty of the restored structure.”

The project also included a new plaque to commemorate the restoration. 

It’s a way of “restoring the popular landmark to its former glory and preserving its rich history to be enjoyed for future generations,” the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board said in a statement provided to Caribbean Journal. 

For more, visit Nassau Paradise Island

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