Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park – UNESCO Heritage in Saint Kitts and Nevis

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Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is an outstanding, well-preserved example of 17th- and 18th-century military architecture in a Caribbean context. The engineers, who designed the fort, made use of the natural topography of this double-peaked, steep volcanic hill rising 230 metres. The principal structures of the fortress are situated on different levels of the upper third of the hill and were constructed in dressed stone (basalt) blocks with a rubble core. Local limestone was used as a decorative element for quoins and for facing round doorways and embrasures. In 1999, listed in UNESCO Heritage list.

Location

Located on the Island of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) the country’s largest island.

About Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park

1. The heart of the fortress, Fort George also known as the Citadel, dominates one of the twin peeks. Completed towards the end of the 1700s, this is the earliest surviving example of the “Polygonal System” of fortress design. The entire site covers approximately 15 hectares surrounded by a 1.6 km (1 mile) buffer zone.

2. Because of its strategic layout and construction, Brimstone Hill Fortress is an exceptional and well preserved example of 17th and 18th century British military architecture.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit St. Kitts and Nevis is in May and June, when hotels lower their rates to lure in travelers and the winter crowds thin out. But the peak season – December to April – does host Carnival in February, a party that might be worth weaving through the droves of tourists.

 

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