Pointe a Pitre Landmarks

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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. 

Museums

In case you like to learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. To learn detailed information regarding each museum, just 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 common landmark for vacationers is Schoelcher Museum. It is located in 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: The museum grants guests to explore the various exhibits that cross through time on the island. The owner also serves as a tour guide, and will happy to guide you through the museum answering any questions that you may have.

The following table enables you to learn more details on museums you might enjoy in and around the area.

Museums In and Around Pointe a Pitre
Name Phone Location Island
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

Historical Sites

Do you like discovering the historical roots of the places you visit? If that's the case, you should consider visiting a historical site during your stay.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul. It is located in 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: Fort Fleur D'Epee was built in the 18th century by the French to protect the Gran Cul de Sac Marin. Over its history it was taken by the British and in 1794 reclaimed by the French.

Take a moment to read the table below to learn more about sites of historical interest in and around the area.

Historic Sites In and Around Pointe a Pitre
Name Phone Location
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

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors can explore some other interesting sites close to Pointe a Pitre.

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.

An alternative landmark could be 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 chart just below offers more details concerning other kinds of sites of interest to travelers.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Pointe a Pitre
Name Type Location Island
Distillerie Montebello Tour Distillery 6.7 mi. South West of Central Pointe a Pitre Basse-Terre
Guadeloupe National Park Scenic Road Scenic Trail 8.1 mi. West-Southwest of Central Pointe a Pitre Basse-Terre
Islet du Gosier Lighthouse 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

Bear in mind that Pointe a Pitre includes other attractions. Make your way to this extended discussion which is all about even more attractions if you're seeking some more information.

 

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