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Go for the History

Every country has a story and remnants of the past that it s people hold dear to them. There is no shortage of these in St. Lucia. With a heritage of native, African and French settlement, the history is always around you. You will find it in the usual places such as the museums and military forts. But, you’ll also find it in the food, architecture, dance, language and the arts. All of these things combined give life to a country so vibrant in character, and craft a powerful narrative to be shared with you. You to can experience the history of St. Lucia. Check out these places to see it.

Top 7 Historic Sites

Formerly a booming port for the country’s sugar industry, Castries today is still chalked full of historical significance. Previously named the village of the Carenage, this city was once the site of many historic battles including the Canadian ocean liner RMS Lady Nelson in March of 1942. And although, previously a British colony for two centuries, Castries still has remnants of French influence in the culture, street names and architecture. This city has an untarnished history that can be seen everywhere. Check it out on your next visit.

This beautiful national park is also a historical gem. Having a plethora of cultural and historical monuments, museums and the military ruins of Fort Rodney, this park has a rich heritage just waiting for you. Check it out today. Open from 9 am to 5 pm daily. Admission $1 USD for children 5 to 12 and $7 USD for adults.

Chronicling the history of St. Lucia’s government, this museum tells this story with several historic artifacts and documents. These exhibits have a strong focus on the Government House and the Governor General, and how those in the role managed the island’s affairs since 1627. Those who love history, cannot miss this opportunity.

This building’s heritage can be seen from the ornate brickwork to the worship. The oldest Roman Catholic Church in the island, with the original artwork from the floor to the ceiling, including the substantial painting of scene from the Bible, done by local artist Dunstan St. Omer. Try this out on your next trip.

This sugar and rum plantation turned bed and breakfast, mixes remnants of the past into the beautiful architecture. With the remains of a sugar mill and St. Lucia’s oldest coconut tree, you can step back into the past on your stay here. Don’t forget the Amerindian artefacts and petroglyphs (rock carvings) surrounding the estate. A piece of the island’s early history is worth seeing. Book your stay by calling  +1(758) 455-1244 or +1(758) 285-6628

On top of the Morne Fortune battleground, lies this monument commemorating those who fought during an attack by an Irish regiment in 1796.  This almost haunting monument, is juxtaposed against a panoramic background of the island’s countryside. Check this out anytime!

Visit St. Lucia’s of father Independence. Standing in Constitution Park since 2014, this bronze statue of shows Sir John with his right hand above, holding the country’s new constitution which was gained in February 1979. This political leader also played major role as the founder of the National Labour Movement and was an avid supporter of pan-Caribbean cooperation. Come visit the man that helped to make St. Lucia so great!

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Not only do they look gorgeous, they house great stories within them. National Parks much like the Pigeon Island National Park, tell the stories of military battles and struggles across the country.

These are ideal places to get in depth knowledge of the island’s heritage. From settlement to battles to independence, museums, like Le Pavillion Royal Museum have artifacts, old photos and much more depicting life in the former colony until present day.

Visiting any of the plentiful churches on the island, can be a great way to get a history lesson. These give persons to learn about architecture including Romanesque and Victorian, which indicate the country’s European heritage. This also gives persons to witness the variety religious state of the island, with its diverse population.

Buildings including Parliament and Government are key historical attractions, as they are where radical change sprung and also where leaders lived.

A country with a history of combat will always memorialize those that sacrificed their lives for it. Visit a war memorial and never forget those brave enough to fight and die for their beautiful.

Where else can a country’s bravest and brightest be me commemorated? In a statue, of course. Come see anyone from those great leaders to Nobel prize winners, as they themselves and their contributions to their island’s history, stand the test of time.

Come and experience not the just antique architecture, crafts and furnishings, but also the island’s agricultural heritage first hand. This former cacao and sugar producing stronghold, holds various pieces of the slave trade, machinery, clothing and the changes that came with them.

A visit to historic cities such as Castries, will be full of historical fervour. Come for a chance to see the remnants of old colonial architecture, the shipping port of a once agricultural economy and several renowned landmarks devoted to national icons.

Come see St. Lucia’s military back story. With the samples of weaponry, uniforms and photos, you can almost step into battle yourself. Check out any fort today.

With a historically vibrant flora and fauna above ground and underwater, why wouldn’t you want to visit them. Visit any of the reserves on the island, where native plants and animals are conserved for your up close viewing.