Wonders of Martinique
Every Caribbean island is beautiful, but Martinique is one of the most gorgeous. Island though is not very rich with outstanding natural landmarks, but there are numerous landmarks of colonial architecture.
Map with the described wonders
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Top 14 wonders of Martinique
175 m high rock – volcanic plug – rising from the Caribbean. At certain times of the day it reflects in the sea and resembles a diamond. This inhospitable and nearly inaccessible rock could be the last refuge of a reptile – Couress grass snake (Liophis cursor). There is a cavern below the water level – it is adorned with sea fans and corals.
Gorges of Falaise River
Two impressive, narrow chasms with waterfalls.
Jardin de Balata
An interesting botanical garden, developed since 1982 on private initiative. Contains rich collection of tropical plants including 300 types of palm trees.
This ornate library building was first constructed in 1886 – 1887 in Paris, then shipped to Martinique. The architecture of the building has an influence of Byzantine style and other exotic styles.
St. Pierre ruins
Remnants of once beautiful city, the "Paris of Caribbean". St. Pierre was destroyed by the eruption in 1902, when almost all 20,000 inhabitants of the city died.
Habitation Clément (Clement House)
Well preserved plantation house from the late 18th – early 19th century. Contains rum distillery and rum cellars. Rich furnishings. Surrounding park has been turned into botanical garden.
Fort Saint Louis
Historical fortification, still in use by the army. First constructed in 1638 on peninsula, further reinforced in the coming centuries.
Marin church of Saint-Etienne
Very old church, constructed in 1766, with marble altar.
Historical fortification that rises above Fort-de-France. Constructed in 1768 – 1772 in a hill. Used by military today as well.
Gorgeous cathedral, a replica of Sacré-Cœur in Paris. This cathedral is located amidst lush tropical forest with mountainous background.
Located in a historical banana plantation, this museum provides rich information about bananas.
Large palace in Art Deco style, constructed in 1928 – 1930.
Ruins of a large country house that was constructed in 1721 and heavily damaged by earthquake soon after, in 1727. House of pirate.
St. Louis Cathedral
Ornate Neo-Gothic cathedral, constructed from iron in 1895.
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