Citadelle Laferriere

Citadelle Laferriere, Haiti

The massive fortress of Citadelle Laferriere is one of the most important landmarks of Haiti. It is situated approximately 27 kms to the South of the city of Cap-Haitien and 8 kms uphill from the town of Milot. As most of the journey must be completed on foot or horseback, you should carry plenty of water and juices to maintain hydration.

The physical dimensions of the fortress have made it a Haitian National Symbol, featured on stamps, currency and tourist ministry posters. Large storehouses in the fortress’s interior were designed to store water and food for one year.

This grand Fortress was built to protect Haiti from French attacks. Cap- Haitien and adjoining Atlantic Ocean are visible from the roof of the fortress. The Haitians outfitted the fortress with 365 cannons of different sizes. The fortress has withstood numerous earthquakes also. But this is the fact that the French attack never came on the fortress.

This fortress has gained importance as it is one of the largest fortresses in America. It was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Haiti got independence from France in the beginning of 19th century. And the mountaintop fortress has itself become an icon of Haiti.

Location: It is located on the Northern coast of Haiti, on the top of mountain Bonnet a L’Eveque, approx 27 kms South of Cap Haitien.

Climate: The climate is tropical throughout the year. Wear comfortable cotton clothes.

Best time to visit: November-March

How to reach:

By Air:  Toussaint Louverture International Airport, Hugo Chavez International Airport. Domestic flights are also available

By Road: You can go by bus or by hiring a car

Places of interest

Sans-Souci Palace

Location: Milot, Haiti, 30 kms to the South of Cap-Haitien

How to reach: By bus or by car

This palace was the royal residence of the Haitian revolutionary King Henri Christophe I. The construction of the palace began in 1810 and the palace got completed in 1810. The ruins of the palace show the struggle and lavishness of the past and the historic importance of this place. The incredible architecture of this palace makes it a classical work of art.

Port-au-Prince Cathedral

Location: 6 Rue St Laurent, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, towards the South of Haiti in the Gulf of Gonave

How to reach: Can be reaches easily by bus or by car

This 19th century Roman Catholic Church was destroyed in a major earthquake in the year 2010, damaging the most part of its roof and the two towers. No efforts have been done to renovate the church yet. Seeing this phenomenal church in devastation will make you sad.

Etang Saumatre Lake

Location: The lake is located in Ouest, Haiti

How to reach: bus, car

Also known as Lac Azuéi (Lake Azuéi), this lake is the biggest in the country. This is almost 20 kms long and about 9.7 kms wide lake is the home to many aquatic species like crocodiles, flamingoes and many more. Its aqua blue water and green plants make a perfect picturesque view worth coming here. Sadly, due to manmade issues this beautiful lake is under threat.

Musee de Guhaba Museum

Location: Jacmel, Haiti in the premises of St. Pierre College

How to reach: By bus or by car

This small but beautiful museum is the centerpiece of Haiti, which shows the tradition and culture of the place. It was made by William H. Hodges. It shows the journey of Haiti from the struggle of independence during 1804 to the important phases of the post independent era of the country. It also portrays the changes that took place in the traditions and culture of Haiti till the modern times. It also throws light on the effect of imported slaves in Haiti and how their life was during their slavery period. It also displays the royal and exotic ancient paintings and also the exclusive works of today’s famous and local artists.

Musee Ogier-Fombrun Hotel-cum-Museum

Location: Moulin sur Mer Hotel, Montrouis, Cotes des Arcadins, Haiti

Timings: Open all days from 10.00 a.m.- 6.00 p.m.

This small yet beautiful hotel-cum-museum has so much to offer to reflect the history of Haiti and Haitian culture. It educates about the colonial era and the struggle of independence (the Haitian revolution) which is well preserved in the form of this museum.

 

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