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Fort Christiansvaern, St. Croix

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Visit Fort Christiansvaern, one of five historical structures highlighting urban colonial development on the islands. Built in 1749 and partially reconstructed after hurricane damage later in the century, the stronghold's yellow walls and green window frames look evocative and palatial against the island backdrop. A fine example of Danish colonial military architecture, the fort protected the colonists from pirates, hurricanes, and slave revolts. After 1878, it served as a prison and courthouse; today, you can visit its interesting, informative museum and tour its rooms, courtyard, and dungeons. For travelers who use our international travel planner, St. Croix holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Fort Christiansvaern and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • what a wonderful self guided tour of the old fort. Lots to see: jail cells, military lodging, outdoor views, etc etc. you would not want to be a black person arrested and thrown into the dungeon... 
    what a wonderful self guided tour of the old fort. Lots to see: jail cells, military lodging, outdoor views, etc etc. you would not want to be a black person arrested and thrown into the dungeon...  more »
  • Beautifully maintained and interesting. Had no idea that so many countries have owned the island. Wonderful! 
    Beautifully maintained and interesting. Had no idea that so many countries have owned the island. Wonderful!  more »
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  • The grounds are beautiful. It’s nice to learn the history of the place. The fort was built while the island was under Dutch rule. From the top, you get amazing views of the water and Protestant Cay. You can explore some of the rooms. You can even go down to the fort prison.
  • This fort was soooo interesting. My husband and I who are in our 50’s turned into 10 year kids and spent 90 minutes here exploring. The fort looks to be in excellent shape to be so old and the powder magazine room was something that I hadn’t seen before in other forts. Not that they didn’t have one, but the one here was super cool. The cannons were still all lined up overlooking the gorgeous water. The restrooms are well kept. The grounds were kept nicely as well. It was a very interesting way to spend little more than an hour.

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