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Explore Haitian History at the Citadelle Laferriere


Often referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World, the Citadelle Laferriere has become a must-see experience for anyone visiting Haiti. From its perch on the Northern coast of the island, and overlooking the bay of Cap-Haitian, this mountaintop fortress and UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most popular tourist sites in the world.

Built by Henri Christophe after Haiti gained its independence from France, the fortress was designed and built between 1805 and 1820 with the intention of keeping the country safe from further French aggression. Christophe was an instrumental leader during the country’s slave rebellion, and amassed a workforce of about 20,000 while the structure was being built.

Guests of Le Plaza Hotel wishing to visit this historic landmark will first have to travel from Port-au-Prince to Cap-Haitien. Depending on the mode of travel, this can take anywhere from 3 ½ hours by taxi, to about 40 minutes by flying. Once in Cap-Haitien, tours are available to the Citadelle and the Sans Souci Palace ruins.

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