Of the major tourist destinations in Guadeloupe, Pointe a Pitre has the most modern feel to it. Because the city has been burnt down and rebuilt so many times, the old world charm that much of the country is known for has been lost, but that doesn't mean its history has disappeared as well. There are plenty of important landmarks that guests should explore to learn about the culture and heritage of this French-Caribbean nation.
If you like to learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you might want to visit a museum during your time in Pointe a Pitre. To get more information regarding each museum, click on the name.
St John Perse Museum: St-John Perse Museum is both historical colonial home and tribute to poet and Nobel laureate Alexis Léger, who was also known as Saint John Perse. He grew up just down the street from this home, and today, his collected works as well as a recreation of his home can be found at the museum.
Another landmark worth visiting is Schoelcher Museum. It is found within downtown Pointe A Pitre. Museum Schoelcher stands today to honor a man who fought fervently for the abolition of slavery, not only in Guadeloupe, but in the whole of the Caribbean. The museum was originally opened in the 19th century with the intent of displaying artwork, and it still does to some extend, with much of Schoelcher's donated personal collection on display.
Musee du Costume et Tradition: Focusing on the dress and clothing worn by the different segments of society throughout Guadeloupe's history. This side by side comparison will give visitors an interesting insight into the relations between classes and races.
The following table shows more details regarding the available museums in and around the area.
|Musee du Costume et Tradition||0590/83-21-70||Gosier, 3.2 mi. Southeast of Central Pointe a Pitre||Grande-Terre|
|Musee du Rhum||(059) 028-8255||11.9 mi. West-Northwest of Central Pointe a Pitre||Basse-Terre|
|Schoelcher Museum||(059) 082-0804||Downtown Pointe A Pitre||Grande-Terre|
|St John Perse Museum||(590) 90-07-92||0.7 mi. Southeast of Downtown Pointe A Pitre||Grande-Terre|
|The Bitasyon||--||Gosier, 3.4 mi. Southeast of Central Pointe a Pitre||Grande-Terre|
Do you enjoy discovering the historical roots of the places you visit? If yes, you might enjoy visiting a historical site during your vacation.
A common landmark for vacationers is Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul. It is located within downtown Pointe A Pitre. Listed as a historic monument in 1978, this cathedral has had its ups and downs since it was first erected in 1817, over 10 years after construction began. Later, earthquakes and storms would cause damage, but it was never truly down for the count.
Fort Fleur D'Epee A Musee: In addition to simply exploring the fort itself, visitors will also be able to check out a small art gallery located within Fort Fleur D'Epee
Take a look at the chart below for a list of historic sites in and around Pointe a Pitre.
|Fort Fleur D'Epee A Musee||(059) 090-9461||2.0 mi. Southeast of Central Pointe a Pitre|
|Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul||--||Downtown Pointe A Pitre|
Travelers will experience some other interesting landmarks nearby.
If you want to learn more about the distillery process, consider visiting Distillerie Montebello Tour. Distillerie Montebello was founded in the foothills of Basse-Terre in 1930 as a small family business and has grown and thrived since that time as a rum distillery. Modern now, guests are still invited on property to see just how they turn out their product.
A second choice is Monument to Liberty. It's a monument near Pointe a Pitre. Actually an old church and grounds, the Monument to Liberty stands in honor of the emancipation of slaves in Barbados. The grounds consists the church (which is closed to the public) as well as a few statues representing different facets of freedom.
The table below enables you to learn some key facts regarding other kinds of attractions of interest to vacationers.
|Distillerie Montebello Tour||Distillery||6.7 mi. South West of Central Pointe a Pitre||Basse-Terre|
|Scenic Trail||8.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Pointe a Pitre||Basse-Terre|
|Lighthouse||Gosier, 3.8 mi. Southeast of Central Pointe a Pitre||Grande-Terre|
|Monument to Liberty||Monument||Petit-Canal, 9.8 mi. North of Central Pointe a Pitre||Grande-Terre|
Fortunately, Pointe a Pitre is home to other attractions. To see our page about other attractions, follow this link.
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