Heritage of Guadeloupe to visit by Samana Beauséjour
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MÉMORIAL ACTe MUSEUM
Pointe-à-Pitre - 44km - 50min
open Tuesday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Memorial ACTe or "Caribbean Center for Expressions and Memory of Trafficking and Slavery" is intended to be a place dedicated to the collective memory of slavery and the slave trade open to the contemporary world. It is located in the bay of the port of Pointe-à-Pitre, on the site of the former Darboussier sugar factory. On the occasion of the national commemoration of the abolition of slavery, François Hollande inaugurates the Memorial on May 10, 2015.
JARDIN BOTANIQUE DESHAIES
Deshaies - 16km- 25min
open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In 1979, Coluche purchased the property. In 1985, he asked a renowned nurseryman and landscaper friend, Michel Gaillard, to maintain his garden. It allows him, in fact, to use his land to create a nursery. Michel Gaillard bought it in 1991, to perpetuate the memory of his deceased friend, with the idea of creating a botanical garden there. The latter opened its doors on April 1, 2001. To this day, it has become one of the most visited gardens in the West Indies!
Basse-Terre - 36km - 50min
visits from Mon to Fri at 10am/11am/12pm - Sat 10am/11am.
The Bologne distillery has retained the names of the owners of the sugar factory from the 17th and 18th centuries.Bologna agricultural rum is distilled from the pure juice of sugar cane harvested on the estate. Located in the municipalities of Saint-Claude and Basse-Terre, between the Soufrière volcano and the Caribbean Sea, the estate is made up of more than 40 plots, facing due west. The red cane and the black cane share the plots.
HABITATION LA GRIVELIÈRE
Vieux-Habitants - 32km - 49min
visit every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - CLOSED UNTIL ????
Located 200 meters above sea level in the town of Vieux-Habitants, it is a coffee farm still in operation under the supervision of the "Verte Vallée" association, restored and transformed into a "Coffee House" which constitutes the one of the best preserved agricultural complexes in the Lesser Antilles
Basse-Terre - 39km - 57min
visit from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 4.30pm
Fort Delgrès, formerly Fort Saint-Charles, is a fort that dominates the city of Basse-Terre. It was a center of the Franco-English struggle in the West Indies and then of that of the Guadeloupeans led by the mulatto officer and resistance fighter Louis Delgrès against the reestablishment of slavery by Richepanse. Its thick stone walls overlook the sea and offer a vast panoramic view of the sea, the city and the mountains.
PRISON DE PETIT-CANAL
Petit-Canal - 63km - 1h15min
visit every day
The city is famous above all for its sad history because it was the privileged landing point for slave ships that brought slaves from Africa before selling them to local operators. The prison, although dilapidated, retains its main rooms, as well as bars on the walls. The spectacular side comes from the large Cursed Fig tree whose branches and huge roots seem to have imprisoned all the walls and the interior, passing through the partitions as if nature wanted to eradicate this building.
Le Moule - 76km - 1h27min
guided tour only by reservation Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri
L’habitation Zevallos was built between 1868 and 1871. It was designed in a workshop and sold as a kit, with Colonnades, framework, friezes and canopy in metal lace. According to historians, it would have been created in the workshops of Gustave Eiffel, and was located with another on a boat which suffered damage when it arrived in Pointe-à-Pitre. It was built on a property with an area of 2,3 hectares, a former sugar refinery which still has a scale and its referral system (classified).
PARC DES ROCHES GRAVÉES
Trois-Rivières - 54km - 1h14min
visit every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Traces of the past of the Arawak Indians in the West Indies, engraved rocks, or petroglyphs, are schematic figures dating from 300 to 400 AD that are attributed religious significance. Discovered in the 19th century, they are protected and classified as Historic Monuments. The park has 22 rocks bearing nearly 230 engravings, one of the largest sets in the Lesser Antilles! This archaeological concentration still remains an enigma for historians today.
Capesterre Belle-Eau - 54km - 1h10min
visit every day
This magnificent 1200m walkway is lined with 400 gigantic royal palms. It is located at the entrance to the town of Capesterre Belle-Eau. This double row of royal palms was planted around 1850 by the Dumanoir family. It led to the entrance to the domain of the Marquis de Brinon.
FORT FLEUR D'ÉPÉE
Gosier - 46km - 56min
visit every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Fleur d'épée is the largest fortification on Grande Terre (150m long and 45m wide). The fort is located on the heights of the town of Gosier, it overlooks the bay by several tens of meters. It was built between 1750 and 1763 from plans drawn up by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban. The origin of the name Fleur d'épée is unknown.
Marie-Galante / Grand-Bourg - km - 2h30min
visit M to F 9am to 12pm & 2.30pm to 5.30pm - S & D 9am to 1pm.
was in 1839, with its 207 slaves, the largest sugar cane plantation in Guadeloupe. The legend claims that it would have been Jeanne Laballe, former student of fine arts, wife of Dominique MURAT, who would have designed the castle at the beginning of the 19th century. Today, it is an eco-museum of Popular Arts and Traditions
Les Saintes / Terre-de-Haut - km - min
visit every day from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Fort Napoleon is a fort located on the island of Terre-de-Haut, in the Saintes archipelago. It is built at the top of Morne Mire, at an altitude of 114m overlooking the Bay of Saintes, on the site of a first fort initially called "Fort Louis" and renamed Fort Napoleon in 1805 shortly before its destruction by the English. Completely rebuilt in 1867, under the reign of Napoleon III, it never served as a fortress in times of war, but as an internment camp until the beginning of the last century.