Saint Barts

Saint Barthélemy or St. Barts the indigenous people called the island Ouanalao.The collectivity is one of four territories among the Leeward Islands comprising of 13 islands.


Saint Barthélemy, a volcanic island fully encircled by shallow reefs, has an area of 21 km with capital Gustavia, and the only Caribbean island which was aSwedish colony The language, cuisine and culture, however, are distinctly French. The island is a popular tourist destination during the winter holiday season, especially the rich and famous during the Christmas and New Year period.

The island covers an area of c. 21 km². Though an arid terrain, the rainfall still averages 1000 mm . It has an average temperature of 25°C to 32°C. The island faces frequent catastrophic threats of cyclonic storms.

The islands like Corossol are noted for its handicrafts; weaving hats and bags from palm fronds are a low income economic activity of the indigenous people .

The island's tourism industry attracts 70,000 visitors every year to its luxury hotels and villas and another 130,000 people arrive by luxury boats.

The height of tourism is New Year's Eve, with celebrities and the wealthy converging on the island in yachts .

Landmarks and architecture

Apart from Gustavia, the capital of St. Barts there are many notable places and monuments in the island which testify to the colonial regime of the Spanish, Swedes, the British and the French, and now a French territory

Gustavia Harbour : Gustavia is in a U shaped cove facing the harbour on the west. The water side arm of this cove is in a peninsula while the dockyard is on the east side.

Église catholique de Gustavia : Église catholique de Gustavia, the Saint-Bartholomew Anglican Church, is an important religious building in the town built in 1885 with stones brought from St Eustatius. I

Ancien presbytère de l'église catholique de Gustavia : Ancien presbytère de l'église catholique de Gustavia is the Catholic Church built in 1822 is a replacement of the oldest church of the same name in Lorient.

Musée Territorial de St.-Barthélemy : Musée Territorial de St.-Barthélemy is a historical museum known as the "St. Barts Municipal Museum" also called the "Wall House" (musée – bibliothèque) in Gustavia, which is located on the far end of La Pointe. T

Gustavia Lighthouse : The 9 metres (30 ft) white tower of the Gustavia Lighthouse was built in 1961. Situated on the crest of a hill north of the town, its focal plane is 64 metres (210 ft) above the level of the sea.The lantern which formerly was used in the lighthouse is now on display at the Musée Municipal de St.-Barthélemy in Gustavia.

Le Manoir de St. Barthélemy : Another interesting structure in village of Lorient is the Le Manoir de St. Barthélemy which was built by transporting in segments a Norman House built in 1610 to St. Barts in 1984.

Forts: Among the notable structures in the town are the three forts built by the Swedes for defense purposes. One of these forts, known as Fort Oscar (formerly Gustav Adolph), which overlooks the sea is located on the far side of La Pointe. The other fort known as Fort Karl now presents a very few ruins. The third fort built by the Swedes is the Fort Gustav, The fort built in 1787 over a hill slope has ruins of ramparts, guardhouse, munitions depot, wood-burning oven and so forth.

Savaku : A statue, "Savaku", representing the Arawak Indians is present at Saint-Jean.

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