Sunday, May 27, 2012

Citadelle Laferrière - Haiti

Oh yes, this is a card from Haiti :D A new country in my collection and from a new Unesco site too. Like the previous brazilian card, this one was also sent by my friend Déa. She really made me jump with these two great cards.
The card shows the Citadelle Laferrière, which together with the Sans-Souci Palace and the buildings at Ramiers, forms the National History Park, on the Unesco World Heritage List since 1982.  

The Citadelle Laferrière is a large mountaintop fortress in northern Haiti, approximately 17 miles (27 km) south of the city of Cap-Haïtien and five miles (8 km) uphill from the town of Milot. It is the largest fortress in the Americas. The mountaintop fortress has itself become an icon of Haiti. The Citadel was built by Henri Christophe, a key leader during the Haitian slave rebellion, after Haiti gained independence from France at the beginning of the 19th century.
The massive stone structure was built by up to 20,000 workers between 1805 and 1820 as part of a system of fortifications designed to keep the newly-independent nation of Haiti safe from French incursions. The Citadel was built several miles inland, and atop the 3,000 ft (910 m) Bonnet a L’Eveque mountain, to deter attacks and to provide a lookout into the nearby valleys. Cap-Haïtien and the adjoining Atlantic Ocean are visible from the roof of the fortress. - in: wikipedia

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