Fort Christiansted

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Built around the year 1750, Fort Christianssvaern has held an important role in the history of Christiansted. While it was originally built to ward off attacks against the harbour, the fort never saw battle, and was eventually converted into a jail. Today it is the best preserved historical site built by the Danish Colonials.

What to Expect

There are no guided tours of the fort, though you are provided with a map that includes plenty of information. Visitors are welcome to tour most of the fort's grounds, including the kitchen and the jail cells. These cells measure only five feet tall, which mean you'll have to crouch over to enter them. It is believed that Alexander Hamilton's mother was once imprisoned within these walls for fighting with her husband.

This large yellow-stone building fits in well with the Caribbean, and at first glance it is hard to believe that this pretty building was once a battle fortress. However, once in side and you view the dark dungeons and high ramparts, you may be able to picture that primary purpose.

Staying Close

Those wishing to visit Fort Christiansted may choose to book their trip in Christiansted, since guests staying in this region of the Virgin Islands will be excited to have easy access to this historic attraction throughout their trip. With just a few accommodations around the area surrounding this historical site, only moderate foot traffic can be anticipated.

Hotels near Fort Christiansted
Hotel Type Island Distance Direction
King Christian Hotel Hotel St. Croix 0.1 mi. (0.1 km) W
Hotel on the Cay Hotel Protestant Cay 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) NNW
Hotel Caravelle Hotel St. Croix 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) W
Holger Danske Hotel Hotel St. Croix 0.3 mi. (0.3 km) W
Club Comanche Hotel St. Croix 0.4 mi. (0.5 km) WSW
Carringtons Inn Hotel St. Croix 1.1 mi. (1.6 km) SW

Location and What's Nearby

If you work up an appetite while viewing the historic site, don't worry -- you'll find a broad selection of restaurants in the vicinity. The nearest place to eat is Anna's Cafe, where they dish out their specialty: coffee. The eatery is a slight ways off, but far enough that you will decide to arrange for taking advantage of a particular method of transport to transport your party. Gary's Bakery Deli and Harbor Master Beach Club are a couple other restaurant choices nearby. At Harbor Master Beach Club you can try a bite of Caribbean dishes and enjoy the local foods and culture of the Virgin Islands.

Information

Payment

Admission into the fort is $3(USD), and includes entrance into many other historical sites on St. Croix.

Contact Information

Location: Eastern End of Queen Street, Christiansted, St. Croix

 

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