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Citadelle Laferrière, Cap-Haitien

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Visit a mountaintop fortress that brims with cultural and historical significance when you hike up to Citadelle Laferrière. Originally built after the nation's independence from the French, the fortress served as a defense against potential French incursions into Haiti. Prepare for a hike to reach the fortress, as it sits atop a mountain. Once inside, you can tour the massive structure big enough to garrison 5,000 soldiers and 365 cannons. From the top of the fortress, you are greeted with views of the mountains and forests surrounding you. To visit Citadelle Laferrière on your holiday in Cap-Haitien, and find out what else Cap-Haitien has to offer, use our Cap-Haitien vacation planner.
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  • If you are interested in history, this fort is a highlight. Loved the sight of the old decaying cannons and stone walls and cannon balls stacked in neat piles ready to be used. This fort has a great a...  more »
  • Hermoso, sin duda un lugar lleno de historia y rodeado de naturaleza, sin duda si tiene la oportunidad de visitarlo, no hay que dejar pasar esta oportunidad. Hermosa vista, muy bien conservado, la sub...  more »
  • We walked up the pathway versus taking a horse. We didn't like the condition of the horses and walked up the cobbled stone steps instead, definitely wear sturdy sneakers versus flip flops. The view up...  more »
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  • [ A ] Last week I hiked 7 km on an empty stomach and no water to visit one of the largest fortress in the Western Hemisphere - “The Citadelle”. There were alternative to reaching the Citadelle but I wanted to experience climbing the mountain and it was worth it. The Citadelle was built by Henri Christophe after Haiti gained its independence from France. It was built to defend against a potential return of the French army to re-enslave the newly freed Haitian people. The fortress is very impressive as it sit on top of the mountains with massive walls that are impenetrable and invincible. As you walk around you can see all the canons acquired from different nations around the globe. I was very overwhelmed as I explore the beauty of this monstrous structure but deep down my heart was very heavy as I thought about the lives lost while constructing this masterpiece. The Citadelle is truly an icon of Haiti.
  • We were there many years ago. Well worth the narrow mountain trail climb. Too old now but wonder how has the citadels weathered earth quakes and now a major hurricane.
  • Was there in early April 2016 had a lot of fun, best part is the journey. Amazing view also would recommend anyone going to Haiti to make this a to do list. locals there could be a bit aggressive when trying to sell or ask for money but for most part it's harmless and I felt safe around them, very nice people too
  • "The Largest Fortress in the Western Hemisphere". It's such an amazing destination, and the view from the top is just splendid. Goodness, I Love Haiti!
  • Very beautiful.If hiking isn't your thing they have horses available for you to rent. Definitely one of the places you have to go when you visit Haiti