Fort Christian

Photo Credit: © Connie Ma CC BY
 

Once the center of the community, Fort Christian has had many roles since its completion in 1680. Over the course of its history it has been the governor's residence, a church, a jail, a town hall, a and a court. Today it stands as all of these in the form a museum. As you pass under the large clock tower reflect on what governors, soldiers, and other people have passed through too over its three century life.

What to Expect

The museum aspect of the fort will take you on a tour through time as you see relics from eras in the Virgin Islands' history.

It is hard to miss this grand building. Despite its growing age, the building stands out in its red brick body, lined with white borders. In the center of the front wall stands the entrance, a large green door, above which the clock tower climbs up from.

Staying Close

You may enjoy staying in downtown Charlotte Amalie if you plan on visiting Fort Christian, as those visiting this region of the Virgin Islands will be excited to have convenient access to the historical site for the duration of their trip. There is a reasonably good selection of hotels in the region around Fort Christian.

Hotels near Fort Christian
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Galleon House Bed & Breakfast B & B 0.1 mi. (0.3 km) N
Windward Passage Hotel Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.3 km) N
At Home in the Tropics Bed & Breakfast B & B 0.1 mi. (1.4 km) NNE
Bunker Hill Hotel B & B 0.2 mi. (0.4 km) NNW
The Crystal Palace B & B 0.2 mi. (0.6 km) NW
Bellavista Bed and Breakfast B & B 0.3 mi. (0.6 km) NW
The Green Iguana Hotel Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.5 km) N

Location and What's Nearby

There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in the region nearby Fort Christian. Jen's Island Cafe And Deli, which offers American fare, is also the most convenient option for visitors to this historical site. Jen's Island Cafe And Deli is a small ways away, but far-removed enough that you may need to make arrangements for using a method of transportation to transport your party. Also within a short distance, you will encounter eateries such as Natural Livity and Bumpa's Sandwich and Ice Cream Shop where you and your party will be able to try out eclectic meals and enjoy the Virgin Islands scene.

Information

Operating Hours

The fort is open to the public from 8:30am until 4:30pm Monday through Friday.

Payment

There is no cost to explore the building, however donations for the upkeep are appreciated.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (340) 776-4566

Location: Fort Pladsen Gade, downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

 

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