Colonial Christiansted Architecture & Attractions Walking Tour
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Get ready for a walking tour that will expose you to the rich history of Denmark beaming all across Christiansted. The European influence can be seen all over this spectacular town. So grab those comfortable walking shoes, and get ready to explore it all.
One of the historical buildings you will visit is Fort Christiansvern. This is one of the five Danish forts that remain in the West Indies and depicts the colonial military architecture of Denmark. The fort was built by the Danish military to keep pirates and privateers at bay. In its later years, the fort was used as a jail.
Next up is The Steeple Building. Built in the early 1750s, this museum was originally a church that was later used for various purposes over the years. Check the displays at the museum to get a glimpse of St. Croix’s history and plantation life.
You can’t really say you’ve explored Christiansted until you visit the Government House. From its grandeur look, you will agree that the building was appropriately named and is a beautiful example of Danish architecture. The Government House was used as the governor’s residence until the capital was relocated to Charlotte Amalie however it still serves as the sight of many government and cultural gatherings. After checking out these key attractions feel free to browse the shops, try out to some local specialties or pop in to a bar for a taste of the local rum!
Historical Ties to Christopher Columbus
St. Croix is one of the islands that made up the New World discovered by the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus. The explorer and his men visited St. Croix in 1493 and named it Santa Cruz (Holy Cross). The ship docked at today’s Salt River and Columbus and his men went ashore to explore. However, they were met with defensive arrows and quickly retreated.
Non-refundable if canceled within 48 hours of requested services.