Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison in Barbados have been added to the World Heritage Site list maintained by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Bridgetown’s Garrison dates from 1789, when British forces constructed it to defend their Caribbean colonies during the Napoleonic Wars from 1793 to 1815.
The Garrison served as headquarters for 2,000 soldiers and housed supplies, storage areas for rum, a theater, a prison, a hospital, a parade ground, forts and hundreds of cannons.
Today many of the buildings have been preserved and converted to other uses.
"Bridgetown and its Garrison are considered an outstanding example of British colonial architecture and tell a story that testifies to the spread of Great Britain's Atlantic colonial empire,” Unesco stated.
Along with Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison, Unecsco selected Hiraizumi (site of temples and gardens in Japan) and the ancient beech forests in Hessen, Germany, as World Heritage sites.