Haitian Art 

Haiti is world famous for its distinctive art which continues to receive critical acclaim. Haitian art consists of mostly visual arts, such as paintings, sculpture and drum metal sculpture, an art form endemic to the country. Haitian art reflect a complex tradition of African, French, Catholic and tribal Voudou.

Landmarks of Haiti

Haiti has many particularly well known structures that are historically and culturally significant to the country, and also some of mother nature own distinguish touch, which Haiti is not short of. From the Citadelle Laferrière in Cap-Haitien, to the Iron Market in Port-au-Prince and the Bassin Bleue in Jacmel, below are some of the most famous Landmarks of Haiti; landmarks which proudly set the country apart, and reaffirm loudly once again, that Haiti is a country worth visiting, especially after numerous studies released ranked Haiti as one of the top safest countries in the Americas. Crime rate in Haiti as of 2014 is equal to that of the city of Long Beach, California. Yes, Haiti's crime rate is significantly lower than that of Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. As Haiti continues to tremendously tackle the insecurity that has long damaged Its reputation, we invite you to rediscover the long lost Pearl of the Antilles.


Citadelle Laferrière

Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, October 23, 2014 Under: Fortress

The Citadelle Laferrière is a large mountaintop fortress located in northern Haiti, approximately 17 miles(27km) south to the city of Cap Haitien. It is the largest fortress in the Western Hemisphere and was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1982; it is also considered by many to be the 8th man made wonder.

The Citadelle Laferrière has itself become an icon of Haiti and without a doubt the most popular historical attractions in the country.

The threat of the French retaking the island, led to the construction of the Citadelle Laferrière, as a place for the government to retreat to should it become necessary, and to spy any approaching invasion force.  It took more than a decade and the labor of more than 20.000 workers to build this massive fortress.

It is equipped with 365 cannons, in symbolization of fighting for Haiti's independence 365 days of the year; each with a unique, distinctive design; copious amounts of cannon balls are stacked in gigantic pyramids around the compound.

The walls are more than 130 feet tall, and the Citadelle covers an enclosed area of more than 108.000 sq. ft. The foundation of the Citadelle Laferrière are embedded straight into the stones of the mountain. The storehouses and cisterns inside the Citadelle are build to hold enough food and drink for over 5.000 people for a full year and includes special rooms for the king, bakeries and bathing facilities.

The building of this marvelous engineering accomplishment, was done under King Henry Christophe. As a  small mountainous island, King Henry Christophe thought that a massive defense structures overlooking the ports of Cap-Haitien, then Capital of Haiti was necessary to protect the country from French invasion; fortunately, the Citadelle never got used for its purpose as the french never came back to reclaim Haiti.

On a clear day, the coasts of Cuba can be seen from atop the wonder.

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Legba is undoubtedly the most important spirits in the hierarchy of Vodou; he is the guardian of the gates, crossroads, courtyards and all Vodou temples (Peristil).

He is the necessary intermediary between the livings and the spiritual world, his powers are absolutely a must for any kind of interaction with the Loas.

Bois Caiman, slave revolt

On the night of August 14th, 1791, the Slaves of Saint Domingue, today Haiti, came together under the leadership of a Hougan or Vodou priest from Jamaica, named Dutty Bookman for the organization of a secret meeting with the purpose of starting a revolution to put an end to slavery in the French colony.