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Basseterre

The capital town of St Kitts, Basseterre retains a certain charm from its elegant days during British and French colonisation, although its British heritage is more evident than its French past. Buildings such as St George's Anglican Church, originally built by the French in 1670, has suffered through fires, earthquakes and hurricanes and was rebuilt in 1869, while the Circus, styled on London's Piccadilly Circus, is a central piece of Georgian architecture that centres on the bright green Berkeley Memorial Clock. Streets lined with interesting shops and boutiques radiate out from the small roundabout. The domed Treasury Building, or customs house, on the waterfront stands testament to its heyday as a centre for sugar production, as does Independence Square, site of the original slave market that was built in 1790. It was renamed to commemorate the independence of the island nation from Great Britain in 1983.

Information & Facts

Language

English is the official language.

Money

The official currency is the East Caribbean Dollar (XCD), which is divided into 100 cents. It is tied to the US dollar at a rate of US$1=EC$2.70. Most businesses accept US Dollar notes as payment, but change is given in EC$. Travellers cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted, and major currencies can be exchanged at banks, with US Dollars the cheapest to exchange. Most banks are closed on weekends, but provide 24-hour ATM services.

Time

Local time is GMT -4.

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