Haitian Art 


Haiti is world famous for its distinctive art which continues to receive critical acclaim. Haitian art consists of mostly visual arts, such as paintings, sculpture and drum metal sculpture, an art form endemic to the country. Haitian art reflect a complex tradition of African, French, Catholic and tribal Voudou.
  

Landmarks of Haiti

Haiti has many particularly well known structures that are historically and culturally significant to the country, and also some of mother nature own distinguish touch, which Haiti is not short of. From the Citadelle Laferrière in Cap-Haitien, to the Iron Market in Port-au-Prince and the Bassin Bleue in Jacmel, below are some of the most famous Landmarks of Haiti; landmarks which proudly set the country apart, and reaffirm loudly once again, that Haiti is a country worth visiting, especially after numerous studies released ranked Haiti as one of the top safest countries in the Americas. Crime rate in Haiti as of 2014 is equal to that of the city of Long Beach, California. Yes, Haiti's crime rate is significantly lower than that of Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. As Haiti continues to tremendously tackle the insecurity that has long damaged Its reputation, we invite you to rediscover the long lost Pearl of the Antilles.

 

Marie-Jeanne Cave

February 28, 2016

Photo credit: Bradtguides

2.5 miles long, the Marie-Jeanne Cave is the longest cave discovered in Haiti thus far. It is located in Port-a-Piment, about 30 minutes walk from the lush southern city of Les Cayes.

The three level interior of the caves offers spectacular view of stunning, colorful rock formation and unspoiled fauna.

Over the years numerous artifacts dating back to the pre-columbian Taino/Arawak period have been discovered throughout the 36 chambers cave.  Intact paintings on the walls of  the cave can also be seen.


Recently, Haiti's Ministry of Tourism has done some important work at the cave to accommodate the visitors. A welcome centre have been constructed, signs in different languages along the path leading to the attraction have been placed.

 

Ogier Fombrun Museum

January 16, 2016



The Ogier Fombrun Museum is located on the premises of the Moulin sur Mer Beach Resort, about an hour drive north from Port-au-Prince international airport, in the beach town of Montrouis.

The property is a former colonial sugar cane plantation, built in 1760 by the french colonist Guillaume Ogier. Abandoned in 1799 in the wake of the Haitian revolution. In 1977, the Haitian architect Gerard Fombrun discovered the ruins and consecrated his time to its full restauration. It took him 35 years t...
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Fort Jacques

January 12, 2016
Fort Jacques, conveniently located in the town of Kenscoff, about 30 minutes from Petion-Ville, and about an hour from Port-au-Prince, is one the numerous fortresses built under the command of Haiti's father of Independence Jean Jacques Dessalines, in fear of a french invasion. 



Fort Jacques sits on hilltops, overlooking the vast bay of Port-Prince in the far distance and stunning mountainsides farmlands nearby.

Located on one of the highest altitudes of the country, in the middle of a pine tre...
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Boutilier Observatory

January 7, 2016
Boutilier Observatory #HAITI #TRAVEL:


If you want to have the best view of Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince, then you need to leave the hectic city behind and head up to the mountains above Petion-Ville, where you will find this place which has become one of the most visited attraction sites in Port-au-Prince; the Boutillier Observatory.


View from Boutiliers Observatory:


At the edge of a 3182 mountains, Boutillier offers a spectacular view of the bustling capital city, the vast bay of Port-au-prince with dots of ships and small fishing boats in the distance.

The incr...

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Bassin Zim

January 7, 2016



About 8 km from the city of Hinche, one of the most spectacular of falls that abounds Haiti nest in the middle of a lush tropical gem, surrounded by deep grottoes, and calciferous rocks imprinted with many indigenous artworks, from the Taino/Arawak natives who populated Ayiti, until their complete decimation with the arrival of Christopher Columbus.

           



Bassin Zim has underwent some rehabilitation work, thanks to the current Tourism Ministry. 
A welcome center as well as some camping cab...

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Citadelle Laferrière

October 23, 2014




The Citadelle Laferrière is a large mountaintop fortress located in northern Haiti, approximately 17 miles(27km) south to the city of Cap Haitien. It is the largest fortress in the Western Hemisphere and was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1982; it is also considered by many to be the 8th man made wonder.


The Citadelle Laferrière has itself become an icon of Haiti and without a doubt the most popular historical attractions in the country.

The threat of the French retaking the...

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Sans Souci Palace

October 23, 2014



The Sans-Souci Palace was the Royal residence of King Henry I, better known as Henri Christophe, of Haiti.

Construction of the Palace started in 1810 and was completed in 1813. It is located in the town of Milot, a few miles from the incredible and renown Citadelle Laferriere Sans-Souci above.  Translated from French, Sans-souci means " Without Worry" .

A severe earthquake in 1842 destroyed a considerable part of the palace and devastated the nearby city of Cap-Haitien. During it's prime time, ...

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Haiti National Museum

October 23, 2014

MUPANAH

The National Museum of Haiti, better known by its French acronym MUPANAH, is located at the Champ de Mars just two block where the now destroyed Presidential Palace used to be.
 

The Museum is one of the very few public structures that remained intact after the 2010 Earthquake that rocked Haiti and destroyed downtown Port-au-Prince among other places. Many credits its underground construction as the reason.



 The Museum first opened in 1983, and is home to some artifacts that are of extreme value...


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Bassin Bleu, Jacmel

October 23, 2014




Hidden in the hills above the picturesque of one of the most stunning and popular town of Haiti, Jacmel; is the breathtaking, isolated and unique waterfall " Bassin Bleue."

Bassin Bleue consists of a series of natural rock bassins arranged in cascade, successively pouring water into one another. The cool and crystal clear water is great for a swim. Jump from the waterfalls, swim in the cool basins, enjoy the cool cover of the lush vegetation in your own private grotto.


      

 Bassin-Bleu is tru...

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Saut D'eau

October 23, 2014




For more than a century now, on July 16th, thousands of Haitian pilgrims from all over Haiti and the Diaspora, have trekked to the picturesque grove where legend has it, the Virgin Mary may have had appeared on a palm tree near the 100-foot waterfall and began healing the sick.

Since the virgin Mary is associated with the Vodou spirits Erzulie, thousands of Vodouisant attend and perform beautiful dance, worships ceremonies, and festivities at the pleasure of tourists.

Saut D'eau literally tra...

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  See also

Many know that Haiti's help was crucial in the liberation of many Latin American countries, the most remembered being the liberation of Venezuela, however most are unaware that the first Black Republic also helped many other countries well beyond its shores in the Americas.  

America had been watching very closely the relationship between Germany and Haiti; some 50 years after Haiti had gained its independence, German interests on the half island had grown considerably.


Haiti in the late 1800s had a small German population of around 250, which was in control however of 80% of the country's wealth. 

Legba is undoubtedly the most important spirits in the hierarchy of Vodou; he is the guardian of the gates, crossroads, courtyards and all Vodou temples (Peristil).

He is the necessary intermediary between the livings and the spiritual world, his powers are absolutely a must for any kind of interaction with the Loas.
 

Bois Caiman, slave revolt

On the night of August 14th, 1791, the Slaves of Saint Domingue, today Haiti, came together under the leadership of a Hougan or Vodou priest from Jamaica, named Dutty Bookman for the organization of a secret meeting with the purpose of starting a revolution to put an end to slavery in the French colony. 

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