Fort Christiansvaern

Constructed in the late 1700s of yellow brick, Fort Christiansvaern is the best preserved of the five Danish forts remaining in the West Indies. The fort is a wonderful example of Danish colonial military architecture. Although built for defense against pirate and privateers as well as to ward off slave uprising, its cannons have never known warfare. The fort is built around a small courtyard and includes corner bastions and small dark dungeons. Originally used by the Danish Army the fort later served as a jail and also for religious services.

Update Feb. 12th 2018: National Park Service will increase the entrance fee for Christiansted NHS at Fort Christiansvaern from $3 to $7 per person. Entrance fees are not charged to children under 16 years of age. Owners of valid Federal passes such as the Senior Pass, Access Pass, and the America the Beautiful Annual Passes, NPS Volunteers, and Military are admitted free of charge under the established guidelines for those passes. These passes will continue to be available and honored at the park. Entrance fees receipts will grant access to this location for three days.

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VI/VITEMA has issued a high surf advisory throughout the Territory as of today October 30, 2019 through 11/01/2019. Buck Island Reef National Monument remains open to the public, though we advise our park visitors to exercise caution.

Buck Island Reef's facilities, including the pier (only to be used by park personnel and for emergencies), the Underwater Trail and SCUBA moorings, beach picnic areas, rest rooms, and the hiking trail will remain open for public use during regular daylight hours. The anchoring area located off West Beach is being impacted by swells; anchoring remains restricted to Anchoring Area.

A high surf warning indicates that dangerous waves can be expected approaching the island from the north. The swells will pound into the shoreline and can cause severe undertow along the beach and shoreline, resulting in potentially hazardous, possibly life-threatening, conditions for boaters and bathers.

On November 2, 2019, the parks will conduct an assessment to review any damage to park facilities, natural resources and announce any further advisories.

Thank you for your support and understanding. For further information please contact the Superintendent Gregory Camacho at or Acting Supervisory U.S Park Ranger Gabriel Laurencin,, 340-773-1460.
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Fort Christiansvaern
Fort Christiansvaern
Fort Christiansvaern


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Located on the Christiansted

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