See video from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI The city is named after Charlotte
Amalie queen consort to King Christian V of Denmark. It is a deep-water
harbor that was once a haven for pirates and is now a famed cruise ship
port. When walking down Main Street the buildings on the sea side of
the road are narrow and long with alleys separating them. These
buildings were warehouses for storing goods during the heyday of the
Danish Sugar trade in Saint Thomas. Continuing to Government Hill and
to Government House in Kongens Gade - Passing the 99 steps - These
steps were built in the mid 1700s, by the Danes, to Haagensen House and
Blackbeard Castle. Located on Tolbod Gade is Emancipation Park with the statue of Danish King Christian IX. See map and a list of the most important sights in the following post.
This is a suggested sefl guided walk through Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas
1) Legislature Building Originally a barracks for Danish troops, dating back to 1874.
2) Fort Christian This National Historic Landmark was completed by Danish settlers in 1680. Built originally to protect the colony from hostile marauders, It has housed a jail, a governor's residence, a place of worship, and a police station. Currently under renovation and scheduled to be completed some time in 2008.
3) Emancipation Gardens Commemorates the emancipation of slaves by Danish Governor Peter von Scholten on July 3, 1848.
4) Frederick Lutheran Church Established in 1666, the same year Erik Smidt took formal possession of St. Thomas in the name of the Danish West India Company. The present building rebuilt in1826.
5) Hotel 1829 This structure offers an ideal example of classic island architecture. It was built as a townhouse for a French sea captain and now serves as an exclusive in-town hotel.
6) Government House This is the official residence of the Governor of the Virgin Islands. The building was constructed by the Danish Colonial Council between the years 1865 and 1867.
7) Seven Arches Museum Once a Danish craftsman's residence, it was built in the 19th century featuring a total of seven arches to support the staircase.
8) 99 Steps One of several 'step-streets' built by the Danes to solve the problem of getting around the town's hilly terrain. The bricks were brought from Denmark as ballasts in the holds of trade ships. Walk to the top (actually 103 steps) and you will find yourself near the foot of more stairs leading to Blackbeard's Castle.
9) Haagensen House A restored home built in the early 1800s by island entrepreneur Hans Haagensen.The salons and chambers are furnished with period antiques. 9) Blackbeard's Castle Also located just above 99 steps is this Danish watch tower built in the late 1600's. The view from the tower offered a perfect vantage point to spot enemy ships entering the harbor.
10) Blackbeards castle
11) Post Office Square A full service United States post office is located within the strategically located building that marks the beginning of "Main Street."
12) St. Thomas Reformed Church Not only is this the oldest congregation in the Virgin Islands; it is also the longest standing denomination with a continuous ministry in the United States.
13) St. Thomas Synagogue This National Historic Landmark is the second oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere. The original synagogue was built by Sephardic Jews in 1796 and was rebuilt in 1833.
14) Market Square People come here from all over the island to sell fresh fruit, fish, sauces, and vegetables. Traditionally, the busiest market day is Saturday; vendors arrive hours before dawn
Join me in my flight from Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas to Fredriksted, St. croix by Seaborne seaplane, Seaborne Airlines. The
Seaborne seaplane operates between downtown Christiansted, St. Croix
and downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas with 35 daily flights with
their DHC-6-300 Twin Otter aircraft with WipLine floats The flight is
only 18 minutes long, and the convenience of downtown to downtown
ports is unsurpassable. The views out the window as we take off and
land on the water is amazing. Follow the take off in the harbour of Charlotte Amalie to the the landing in Christiansted, St. Croix. De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter - C-FBBW (cn 588) Read more about Seaborne Airlines at http://www.seaborneairlines.com/servi...
Christiansted is small town on the island of Saint Croix in the Virgin Islands. Christiansted
was the capital of the Danish West Indies from 1755 to 1871 and is a
charming town with distinctive Danish architecture. On the video you
will see the the old Danish Customs House and Fort Christiansvaern -
Well-preserved Danish yellow brick fort from the late 1700s , continue
the Scale House, Steeple Museum - walking through Company Street and
passing the old pharmacy building to the market Square, and back
through Main Street passing the Catholic and Protestant churches -
passing the Government House and through Strand Gade.
Frederiksted is a town on the west end of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin
Islands. It is home to Fort Frederik, constructed to protect the town
from pirate raids and attacks from rival imperialist nations. It was
named after Frederick V of Denmark, who purchased the Danish West Indies
in 1754. The emancipation of slaves was proclaimed on July 3, 1848, at Fort Frederik on the waterfront. Frederiksted
maintains its original seven street by seven street city design and is
host to several historic structures. Among them are the protestant
Church, St. Patrick's Catholic Church built in the 1840s and its new
renovatedprimary school, the Customs House, the 19th Century Apothecary,
St. John, the smallest & most idyllic of the three United States
Virgin Islands, is best known for its perfect white sand beaches,
turquoise bays abounding in colorful corals & rainbows of tropical
fish & endless vistas of green velvet hills. Getting around the
island is easy. Cruz Bay, the major town where the ferry docks, is on
the west end of the island facing Red Hook in St. Thomas. The view from
bordeaux mountain, Annaberg Plantation, as of 1780, was one of 25 active
sugar producing factories on St. John. Other products produced at
Annaberg were molasses and rum. Annaberg translates to Anna's Hill, and
The Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott in Charlotte Amalie, St,
Thomas USVI, has its own dock, and the two shopping ferries 'Morning
Star' and 'Evening Star' shuttles guests from the hotel to downtown
Charlotte Amalie. The 10 minutes ferry service is provided both ways
and ferry departs from the hotel's boat dock and Charlotte Amalie
waterfront every half hour.