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Category: Castles , Local time: 11:38:40, Altitude: 840m, Address: Route Nationale #3, Haiti, Official WWW website:

The Citadel Laferrière is a robust fortress in the north of Haiti . This stone building, as well as the Fort Jacques Alexandre were built as a part of a fortification system during the slave uprising in Haiti. The Citadel Laferrière is located on the top of Bonnet L'Evegue mountain, about 10 km from the city Milot in the region Nord. The fort was built on the order of the leader of the Haitian uprising, Henri Christophe (Henry I) between 1805-1820. More than 20, 000 Haitians and slaves worked on the development of the fortification system. The Citadel Laferrière occupies an area of 10,000 m2. The defense walls reach up to of 40 m. The Citadel Laferrière was equipped with 365 cannons, big water tanks and food stores. The fortress was built of stone blocks, installed on the rock and fixed together with a mixture of mud, molasses and cow and goat blood. The Citadel Laferrière is the most significant and attractive tourist sight in Haiti. Most buildings are accessible to the public. Citadel Laferrière became the UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Sans Souci Palace and ruins Ramieres in 1982.

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GPS: 19.5735, -72.2436
Altitude: 840 m
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