Dominica Landmarks

Dominica's structural landmarks are easily viewable in one full day of sightseeing

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While most of the attractions worth viewing on Dominica are of the natural sort, there are a few buildings that vacationers won't want to overlook.

Each has historical significance to the local people, whether it be of religious, government, or military importance. Most tourists find these attractions important not only as a way to take a break from the sun and pass some time, but to learn how the island they love to visit came to be in the state that it stands today. Geology, social, political, and culture all mix together to answer the question of "how?"

Museums

Museum of Rum

In case you like to learn about other cultures and places, you might want to visit a museum during your vacation. To read more information concerning each museum, try clicking on the name.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Kalinago Cultural Village. It is located within northeastern Dominica. The natives who run the Kalinago Cultural Village offer visitors to come and learn about the indigenous people, their history, and culture. The staff, all indigenous themselves, give tours of the area, offer live reenactments, and are happy to present all their culture has to offer.

Attractions Map

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Museum of Rum. It is La Plaine, in southeastern Dominica. Visitors to the Museum of Rum will be able to explore the ruins of the distillery, as well as learn about a number of artifacts that have been gathered over the years. The owners here are always looking to expand, so you never know exactly what you will find.

Old Mill Cultural Centre: The Old Mill Cultural Center is a community level civic center, where groups and individuals can perform and exhibit their ideas, products, and works of art. The regular flow of exhibits will give any visitors a unique insight into the cultural heritage of the island, both modern and historical.

The following table offers some details concerning museums you might enjoy on Dominica.

Museums On Dominica
Name Phone Location
Dominica Museum (767) 448-8923 Downtown Roseau
Fort Shirley Welcome Center and Museum (767) 445-6009 1.8 mi. South West of Central Tanetane
Kalinago Cultural Village (767) 445-7979 1.1 mi. Southeast of Central Waraka
Museum of Rum (767) 245-9088 0.7 mi. North of Central La Plaine
Old Mill Cultural Centre (767) 449-1804 2.4 mi. North of Central downtown Roseau

Historical Sites

Fort Shirley

In case you like to experience the historical roots of a foreign place, you should consider visiting a few of these historical sites during your stay.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral. It is located within downtown Roseau. Built in the 1700s, this cathedral partially marks the end of Anglican suppression of Catholicism as well as the spread of the Catholic Church in the British colonies. While the building stands in near ruins, mass is held here on occasion, and visitors are welcome to join in during their trip.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Fort Shirley. It is situated in northwestern Dominica. Today, much of the fort is intact or rebuilt, allowing visitors to see what the area must have looked like back when the fort was operational. Those who climb the walls will be able to look out into the bay past a row of canons, just as they would be waiting for a ship to come into range.

Barracoon Building: This colorful and cheerful looking building has a dark history as a center of slavery on Dominica. The Barracoon Building was built as slave barracks.

Check out this table to read more about historical sites on the island.

Historic Sites On Dominica
Name Phone Location
Anglican Cemetery -- 0.3 mi. Southeast of Downtown Roseau
Barracoon Building -- Downtown Roseau
Cathedral of Our Lady of Fair Haven -- Downtown Roseau
Fort Shirley (767) 445-6009 1.8 mi. South West of Central Tanetane
Government Cemetery -- 0.3 mi. East of Downtown Roseau
Government House (441) 292-4954 Downtown Roseau
Jean Rhys House -- Downtown Roseau
St. George's Anglican Church -- Downtown Roseau
St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral -- Downtown Roseau
The Methodist Church -- Downtown Roseau
The State House -- Downtown Roseau

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers will discover some other worthwhile attractions on Dominica.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Rainforest Aerial Tram. It is situated in Laudat, Dominica. When in operation, the tram is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Some of the other types of landmarks on the island are displayed below.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Dominica
Name Type Location
Bayfront Scenic Trail Downtown Roseau
Rainforest Aerial Tram Cable Car 1.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Wotten Waven

Needless to say, you'll be able to find other attraction types available too. For more about other attractions, go to this page.

Military & Government Sites

Fort Shirley, which is located on the grounds of Cabrits Historical and Marine Park, is an English colonial fort that was once home to 600 or more soldiers. It was the main defense post for the British on Dominica during the 18th century, and today stands partially in ruins. The Officer's Quarters was restored in 2006, and visitors will get a fantastic view of Prince Rupert Bay from the room. Another aspect that has been restored is the 14 outdoor canons which have become an outdoor museum of artillery of sorts. There is a $2(USD) fee into the park.

At one time, the Government Housee in Roseau was home to the Queen of England's representative on the island. Today, it is home to the president of Dominica, and visitors can walk by to view the gardens and interesting architectural features.

Religious Sites

Throughout Dominica, especially in Roseau, there are a few churches that serve as landmarks. St. George's Anglican Church and St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral are two such churches. The Catholic church was built in the 17th century, and the Anglican church in the 18th century, but both offer visitors an opportunity to view some of the most well-kept buildings in the city, as well as a place worship, if they so choose.

The great thing about landmarks on Dominica is that you can hit them all in one day, which allows you to view all the important buildings without missing out on some of the other attractions on the island. Plan one day to visit each of the above sites and you'll be able to say that you walked the same path as some of the most important people in Dominican History.

 

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