Fort Christianvaern

Photo Credit: © Elizabeth Sullivan CC BY

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 Christianvaern may choose to book their trip in Christiansted, since those staying in this part of the Virgin Islands will have convenient access to the historical site throughout their trip. Though this location isn't packed wall-to-wall with tourists, you will still find a good selection of lodging options to pick from.

Hotels near Fort Christianvaern
Hotel Type Distance Direction
King Christian Hotel Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.1 km) W
Hotel on the Cay Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) NNW
Club Comanche Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) W
Caravelle Hotel & Casino Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) W
Holger Danske Hotel Hotel 0.3 mi. (0.3 km) W
Carringtons Inn Hotel 1.1 mi. (1.6 km) SW
Club St. Croix Beach & Tennis Resort Villa complex 1.2 mi. (1.9 km) W

Location and What's Nearby

If the time you spend at the historic site leaves your stomach stomach growling, don't fret -- you will find a great concentration of food offerings near this attraction. The closest restaurant is Gary's Bakery Deli, where their specialty is sandwiches. Gary's Bakery Deli is just about about a hundred yards from this site's location, so stop in and peruse the menu. Harbor Master Beach Club and Bistro Cafe offer additional food and drink options near Fort Christianvaern where guests can enjoy the local cuisine in the Virgin Islands.



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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