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

Fort Christiansted is located in Christiansted, ensuring guests staying in this part of the Virgin Islands will be excited to have easy site access during their visit. There are a couple handfuls of lodgings situated around the area around this historical site.

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

Energetic travelers will also be taken in by the region because of the opportunities for outdoor activities. Guests who will enjoy testing their skills at the course, can do so at the most convenient golfing opportunity, which is Buccaneer Golf Course. Sunny days can also be spent at Grotto Beach, the most close-by beach. Even though the options above are the most convenient to access, there will still be a wide selection of equally enjoyable outdoor possibilities. You will encounter a fair number of other local attractions in this general area. There are two additional places of interest nearby -D Hamilton Jackson Park and Customs House- which are both situated within a few miles of the historic site.



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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