Fort Christiansvaern, Christiansted

Historic Site · Tourist Spot
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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  • Due to COVID-19 the Fort was officially closed, but there was a Ranger walking the grounds several times a day. I finally got the courage to approach the Ranger on the third or fourth day. While he.....  more »
  • This was closed due to the Pandemic so we wandered the outside. Wish they had some more descriptions out side, so we googled info.  more »
  • Can't really give the Fort too many stars (probably 3.5 stars would be appropriate) because it is closed due to Coronavirus. We walked around the grounds after our Big Beard's Buck Island tour. The....  more »
  • Great place to explore for an hour or two. I was surprised to learn that Alexander Hamilton’s mother was a prisoner at this fort. After touring the facility, can not imagine how uncomfortable the conditions were for the prisoners.
  • So much fun! Levi was really knowledgeable and friendly. Wish we were back on the islands now.
  • This fort was a great place to spend an afternoon. You can stay as little or as long as you would like. From the dungeon to the artillery, there is a lot to see in a fairly small area. It was interesting to learn about the Dutch heritage of the island and its ties to Alexander Hamilton. The admission costs are as follows: $7 for each adult, and free for kids 15 and under. Admission is good for 3 days if you wish to come back.
  • Really fun afternoon. I highly recommend to take a trip through history and capture some great photos.
  • Alot of history in this fort. There are signs that are in good shape that tell you about the fort and Christiansted. There is a fee to get in (most national parks do). Wish it was better taken care of though

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