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Whalebone Arch

An obligatory photo op for anyone visiting Stanley is the Whalebone Arch, situated in front of Christ Church Cathedral. Constructed in 1933 from the jawbones of two blue whales, it commemorates a century of continuous British administration in the Falklands—plus, the soaring arch offers perspective on the size of these marine giants. But don’t stop at the arch: Step inside the cathedral to learn about the history of Christianity in this remote settlement. The southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world, Christ Church was built in the 1890s from regional stone on the former site of Holy Trinity Church, which was ruined by the devastating peat slip (a type of landslide) that destroyed part of Stanley in 1886. The locals are proud of this building—it decorates the reverse side of Falkland pound notes.

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