The capital of Saint Helena, the pocket-sized settlement of Jamestown is dramatically positioned. Squeezed into a steep-sided valley that opens out into small cove, the town finds itself sandwiched between sheer volcanic cliffs. The wild south Atlantic buffets the cove's entrance, held at bay by a protective sea wall.
Georgian-era colonial architecture dots Jamestown's compact streets, with many of the buildings constructed from the island's hard volcanic rock. More than half of the buildings are protected, including St. James' Church, which is the oldest Anglican church south of the equator. One of the town's more remarkable features is Jacob's Ladder, which features 699 steps and connects the town with the top of nearby Ladder Hill.