Citadelle Laferrière, Cap-Haitien

#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Nord Department
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. Add Citadelle Laferrière and other attractions to your Cap-Haitien trip itinerary using our Cap-Haitien vacation planner.
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  • Amazing architecture and history. To learn this part of the Americas history astonished me. The blood, sweat and death that went into building this fortress... Wow. A great workout for those who want....  more »
  • Up on the north side of the country in Cap Haitien lies the greatest architecture feat in the country- the immense Citadelle fortress built by the French to protect the area.. with no guard rails or.....  more »
  • I felt like I could reach out and touch the clouds from where I was standing. The design of the fortress made surprise attacks by land or air impossible, as it is so high up that you can see any aircrafts or airborne weaponry coming, but you can still see soldiers on land and fire at them from a distance. Besides the military advantages, the fortress is a great piece of Haiti's history, and I hope that more people can appreciate it as much as I do.
  • This is one of the best places to visit in Haiti. The view alone from the Citadel is amazing. Truely breathtaking. Though getting up there was an adventure in itself, it was so worth it! There are parts of the place that is dangerous to enter of course. (It was built in the 1800s.) But we still got a very thorough tour of the Citadel and have lots of memories and pictures to last us a lifetime. Loved it here! Highly recommend!!
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