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Wonders of Sint Eustatius

Quill volcano in Sint Eustatius. Far in the background - St. Kitts island
Quill volcano. Far in the background – St. Kitts island / Walter Hellebrand, / CC BY-SA 3.0

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Sint Eustatius is a special municipality of the Kingdom of Netherlands.

This small island has a remarkable history – it was the neutral trade center of the Caribbean in the 18th century and Oranjestad was one of the busiest ports in the world at this time. Much of colonial heritage is lost now, but some values remain.

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WorldViolet Top wonders of Sint Eustatius

Biological wonders

Crater of the Quill

The rainforest in the deep crater of Quill volcano developed since the last eruption that took place around 250 AD. Rainforest is very rich with rare species, although just a few are endemics. Rims of the crater rise 300 m above the bottom of the crater.

Architecture wonders

Oranjestad historical center in Sint Eustatius

Restored center of once important trade center in the Caribbean. Oranjestad was one of the busiest ports in the world in the 18th century. Most historical buildings have been lost or are ruined but the core part of the town has many valuable colonial buildings from the 18th – 19th century.

Honen Dalim Synagogue

Ruins of one of the oldest synagogues in America. Constructed in 1739, now in ruins, although there are plans to rebuild it.

Oranjestad Reformed Church

Protestant church, built in 1774/75. Walls of the basement are up to 6 m thick.

Fort Oranje in Sint Eustatius

Fortification from the 17th century, well maintained, with cannons. Built in the site of an earlier French fort.

Fort de Windt

Historical fortification from the 18th century, well maintained and restored. Here are located four cannons and opens a beautiful view to St. Kitts.

Gezaghebber House

The oldest residential building in Oranjestad, a wooden colonial building from the 18th century.

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