Historic Attractions in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

There are several attractions to see when in the Virgin Islands, and lots to see while in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas. Today, you will be reading about several attractions that you must visit while on the island. This will consist of short summaries of each attraction, with full summaries coming in the future on certain attractions.

1. Market Square – People come to Market Square from all over St. Thomas to sell food such as fresh fruit and vegetables, fish and homemade sauces. The busiest day to visit Market Sqaure is on Saturday usually. This is a great place to visit if you would like to see the culture of the island.

2. Fort Christian – Fort Christian is a historic landmark that was completed by Danish settlers in 1680.  It was built in 1680 to protect the colony from hostile people and housed a jail with a police station, a governor’s residence and a place of worship.

3. Frederick Lutheran Church – This church was established in 1666 and was rebuilt in 1826.  This is a great place to visit if you would like to see the architecture and history of the church.

4. Blackbeard’s Castle – Blackbeard’s Castle is a watch tower built in the late 1600′s and has a great view of the harbor. Many people visit this attraction and is a great thing to see.

5. Hotel 1829 – Do you enjoy classes island architecture? Hotel 1829 is for you then! It was built as a townhouse for a French sea captain and is now a hotel.

6. St. Thomas Reformed Church – This church is the Virgin Island’s oldest congregation and also the longest standing denomination with a continuous ministry in the United States.

7. Camille Pissarro Gallery – Charlotte Amalie was home to a famous artist named Camille Pissarro. He is considered the father of French Impressionism and was born in downtown Charlotte Amalie in 1830 (passed away in 1903). The home of his birth is now a landmark and art gallery and features by several artists – including Camille Pissarro.

8. St. Thomas Synagogue – This is a National Historic Landmark and is the second oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere.  The original synagogue was built by Sephardic Jews in 1796 and was rebuilt in 1833.

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