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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

Charlotte Amalie beckons you to stroll along her cobble stone alleyways, climb her streets of steps, admire antique West Indian furnishings in historic homes and explore 17th century Danish fortifications. Founded in 1681 by Danish settlers, it contains a wealth of buildings that provide a glimpse into colonial life. It is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places as an area of particular historic interest. Often referred to as Downtown or just Town, Charlotte Amalie today is a bustling center for government, schools, offices, shopping and residences! Visit old and new Charlotte Amalie; see the evolution from a colonial trading post to one of the busiest duty free ports in the Caribbean! Here is a selection of sites you might visit.

Charlotte Amalie is divided into three quarters: Kongens (King’s) Quarter, Dronningens (Queen’s) Quarter and Kronprindsens (Crown Prince’s) Quarter. They share similarities like the use of step-streets, but each has a unique character. All three quarters contain historically significant buildings. Some of the best preserved and most accessible are located in a small area of Kongens Quarter, and in the commercial area along Main Street in Dronningens Quarter.

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Night Kayak in the Mangrove Lagoon

Night Kayak in the Mangrove Lagoon

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More Charlotte Amalie Attractions

99 Steps

99 Steps

Charlotte Amalie is unique for step streets, or frigangs as the Danes called them. These steps were built in... Read More
Blackbeards

Blackbeard's Castle & Walking Tour

Blackbeard’s Castle and five historic townhouses are part of a walking tour. While the name references pirate Blackbeard the... Read More
Charlotte Amalie

Charlotte Amalie Harbor

St. Thomas' beautiful natural harbor welcomed the first settlers to the island and today it welcomes millions of visitors.... Read More
Emancipation Garden Post Office

Emancipation Garden Post Office

The Alvaro de Lugo Post Office (or Emancipation Garden Post Office) was constructed between 1937 and 1938, replacing an... Read More
Emancipation Park

Emancipation Park

Emancipation Park was named in commemoration of the July 3rd, 1848 emancipation of slaves in the Danish West Indies.... Read More
Fort Christian

Fort Christian

Fort Christian, the oldest standing structure in the Virgin Islands, was designated a National Historical Landmark in 1977. The... Read More

Government House

Government House is a neoclassical, gracious 3 story white building with beautifully intricate ironwork along the balconies. Built between... Read More
VI Legislature Building

Legislature Building

The two-story Legislature Building houses the offices of the Virgin Islands Legislature. The original building was a wooden structure... Read More
Lutheran Church

Lutheran Church

The Lutheran Church is identifiable by its pretty yellow-gold color and its large 'welcoming arms' staircase. The initial congregation... Read More
Main Street

Main Street

Main Street or Dronningens Gade (Danish name meaning Queen’s Street) is the main street running through Charlotte Amalie. The... Read More
Market Square

Rothschild Francis Square (Market Square)

Commonly called Market Square, it has served as a produce market and community meeting venue for nearly two centuries.... Read More
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St. Thomas (formerly Dutch) Reformed Church

This beautiful church is well known for its large columns and classical revival style architecture. The front of the... Read More
St. Thomas Historical Trust Mini Museum

St. Thomas Historical Trust Mini Museum

The St. Thomas Historical Trust’s mission is to identify, protect, and preserve the historical identity, structures, sites and cultural... Read More
St. Thomas Synagogue

St. Thomas Synagogue

Officially named Beracha Veshalom Vegimulth Hasidim, meaning Blessing and Peace and Loving Deeds, the synagogue was constructed in 1833... Read More
Three Queens Fountain

Three Queens Fountain

The Three Queens fountain was unveiled in 2005 and commemorates three historically important women: Queen Mary, Queen Agnes and... Read More
 
 

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