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St. Thomas

Attractions

  • Fort Christian & Museum: Constructed in 1680, Fort Christian was built to defend the Danish settlement. This National Historic Landmark is the oldest building in continuous use on St. Thomas and also served as the governor's residence, a place of worship, a police station and now a museum. Phone: 340-776-4566
  • 99 Steps: These steps were built by the Danes in the mid-1700s who found step-streets to be the easiest way to climb up and down the steep hills of Charlotte Amalie. The bricks used to construct the steps were originally brought from Denmark as ballast in the holds of trading ships.
  • French Heritage Museum: This small museum, located in Frenchtown, chronicles the influence of the French in the Caribbean. Residents have donated some 275 artifacts to help demonstrate this lasting French presence. The museum also has a computer that stores the genealogies of local families.
  • Government House: Constructed in 1867 as the meeting place for the Danish Colonial Council, Government House is used today as the Governor's office. Visitors are welcome.
  • Blackbeard's Castle: This watchtower, originally named Skytsborg (Sky Tower) by the Danes, was built in 1679. According to legend, the infamous pirate Edward Teach, nicknamed Blackbeard, used the tower to watch for ships entering the harbor.
  • Bluebeard's Castle: A Danish fortress built in 1689, Bluebeard's Castle is named after the fictitious pirate, Bluebeard, who was said to have built the castle to lock away his beautiful wife.
  • Camille Pissarro Gallery: The father of French Impressionism, Camille Pissarro was born and raised in Charlotte Amalie. His childhood home is now an art gallery featuring artwork from dozens of artists including Camille Pissarro himself.
  • Hassel Island: Part of the Virgin Islands National Park, this treasured island is home to numerous historical structures including Danish & British Military Forts from the Napoleonic era, the world's largest Steam Engine powered Marine Railway and an idyllic snorkeling beach. Virgin Islands Ecotours offers daily kayak, hike & snorkel tours, full & half day and are the only permitted concession to bring visitors to explore the St Thomas of yesterday.
  • Market Square: Located at the end of Main Street, the square is the original site of a busy slave market. Today it serves as a market center for local vendors of fruit, vegetables, spices and fish.
  • Frederick Lutheran Church: Home to the oldest Lutheran congregation in the Virgin Islands, this revivalist style structure was completed in 1844.
  • Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral Built in 1848, this stunning cathedral serves as the seat of the Territory?s Roman Catholic Diocese. Mural paintings on the ceiling depict more than 12 major scenes from the Old and New Testaments. Complimentary tours available by appointment. 340-774-0201.
  • Drake's Seat: One of the island's best lookouts, Drake's Seat offers a panoramic view of Magens Bay and the U. S. and British Virgin Islands to the east. Explorer Sir Francis Drake is said to have kept watch on his fleet from this vantage point, marked by a seat across the road from the parking area.