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Fort-de-France, Martinique
Fort-de-France Port
Port City - As soon as you depart the ferry in the port city of Fort-de-France there are a wide range of attractions to visit. A few must-sees are the; Schoelcher Library (designed by Henri Picq and shipped in pieces from France in 1893); the Covered Market which is full of vendors selling unusual tropical produce, local handicrafts, and plenty of souvenirs; including La Savane, the city's lush 12.5-acre park; and the statue of Napoleon's Empress Josephine, which was vandalized in 1991, leaving her eerily headless with one hand chopped off and red paint streaks representing blood around her neck.
 
Fort-de-France, Martinique
Fort St Louis
Fort Saint Louis - Originally built in 1638 and named Fort Royal and subsequently Fort de la Republique, Fort Saint Louis is a seaside fortress that protects access to the bay of Fort-de-France. The fort saw action in 1674 and 1759 and successfully repelled the attacks in both of those battles, but in 1762 the fort fell to the English and was mostly destroyed. Today part of Fort Saint Louis is still an active Naval Base and the other part is a tourist attraction that is open to the public and offers tours.Tickets can be purchased at one of the kiosks in the La Savane Park near the fort.
 
Fort-de-France, Martinique
Getting Here
Getting to Martinique - There are several ways to get to Martinique, with the most popular being via ferry, cruise ship or airplane. This monkey took the Express des lles ferry from Dominica (which can also go to St Lucia and Guadeloupe). It is the best and least expensive way to see a lot of islands in one trip. Cruise ships that visit the island include Costa, Holland America, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, ASC, and a few others. The cruises are seasonal, with the peak season from November to March of each year. And finally, Martinique is served by several major airlines including American or you can hop on a puddle jumper from any nearby island.
 
Fort-de-France, Martinique
Churches
Churches of Fort-de-France - After visiting the most famous cathedral of Fort-de-Franc, St Louis Cathedral, there are a number of others to visit. Among the best of her Euro-style attractions - the Sacre-Coeur de la Balata. If you've ever been to Paris, you may recognize it as a miniature version of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, or Basilica Montmartre. Construction on that more famous minor basilica started in 1875, though it wasn't completed until 1915.
 
Fort-de-France, Martinique
Museum of Archaeology and Prehistory
Archaeology Museum - The Pre-Columbian Archaeology and Prehistory Museum of Martinique is located in the heart of Fort-de-France in a "modern" 19th century three story former military supply building. The collection contains over 2,000 pieces found in the excavations that have taken place on the island since the year 4000 BC until the arrival of the first settlers. There are pottery exhibits, wicker basket displays and a scale model representation of primitive housing (to name a few). The aim of the museum is to make the "first peoples" of the West Indies, global knowledge to as many people that pass through the museum.
 
Fort-de-France, Martinique
St Louis Cathedral
St Louis Cathedral - Considered the religious centerpiece of Martinique, the current St Louis Cathedral is the 7th incarnation of a church built on this spot. The original was completed in 1657, then it and the next five structures were all destroyed by either fire, hurricanes or earthquakes. Of course they were all built using wood and the St Louis Cathedral of today (built in 1895) has an iron framework. The Cathedrals biggest claim to fame is that it was designed by Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. A top-to-bottom renovation was completed in 1978 and it is a great place to stop during your visit.