Brimstone Hill Fortress, St Kitts - Stein Travel
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Brimstone Hill Fortress

The immense fortress situated atop an 800-foot (244m) hill was named the 'Gibraltar of the West Indies', and the citadel, boasting 49 guns, is protected by seven-foot (2m) thick walls. What started in 1690 took almost ten decades to complete, built largely by African slaves, and the scale and grandeur of the fortress was representative of the importance of St Kitts during the 17th and 18th centuries, and of the wealth that required such defence. Today the indomitable military complex affords incredible views from its commanding position, as well as a small museum, a film recounting the history and restoration of the site, and tours of the officers' quarters, hospital and ammunition stores.

Information & Facts

Address

Basseterre

Admission

US$8 (foreigners), children are half price

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.

Opening Times

Open daily 9:30am to 5:30pm

Time

Local time is GMT -4.

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