There has been an Anglican Church in Genova (Genoa) since at least 1818. The first services were held in the home of the British Consul. The present building, dedicated to the Holy Ghost, dates from 1873 and is an architectural gem. It was designed by the famous British architect George Edmund Street who also designed the Law Courts in the Strand, London. The Romanesque style draws from typical architecture from this Ligurian region of Italy.
The city of Genoa has a long maritime history. Christopher Columbus is perhaps the most famous son of the city. Today it is still the second busiest port in Italy. True to this heritage the congregation of Holy Ghost Church is very international and outgoing. At last Sunday's Eucharist I met parishioners who hailed originally from England, Italy, Ghana, Chile, Japan, Switzerland, and Nigeria.