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Pointe-à-pitre City Of Art & History

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Pointe-à-pitre City Of Art & History

Pointe-à-Pitre is a vibrant city of Art & history

The city has an incredible architectural heritage with buildings from the 17th century and the 20th century

Pointe-à-Pitre ( La Pwent, in creole) was certified since 1994 as a city of Art and History by the french ministry of culture

Take a scroll down Pointe-à-pitre to comtemplate the traditionnal creole houses

Discover the city history by visiting, la Place de la Victoire, The Schoelcher Museum, the traditionnal markets, the port of call, The Memorial Act, The Saint-Jhon Perse Museum ...

As you walk along the Pointe-à-Pitre streets

you’ll see some Street Art masterpieces from street artists like PACMAN, STEEK, DEFCREW, NOE TWO, MIZER RG 971…to name just a few of them.

Pointe-à-Pitre is also a city with traditions

Every saturday, you'll hear the traditionnal "Gwoka" music played by the famous group "AKIYO" on the pedestrian street. The Gwoka" is representative of guadeloupean identity and was ranked UNESCO cultural heritage since 2014.

Don't forget to taste some Creole cuisine in one of Pointe-à-Pitre atypical restaurant

The Guadeloupe Regional Council has built the MEMORIAL ACTE, a Caribbean Centre on the Expression and Memory of Slavery & the Slave Trade in Pointe à Pitre, in the former Darboussier factory.The history of slavery and the slave trade will be explained using archived documents, images, artefacts, everyday objects plus visual and audio testimonials.The Guadeloupe Regional Council has built the MEMORIAL ACTE, a Caribbean Centre on the Expression and Memory of Slavery & the Slave Trade in Pointe à Pitre, in the former Darboussier factory.The history of slavery and the slave trade will be explained using archived documents, images, artefacts, everyday objects plus visual and audio testimonials.The Guadeloupe Regional Council has built the MEMORIAL ACTE, a Caribbean Centre on the Expression and Memory of Slavery & the Slave Trade in Pointe à Pitre, in the former Darboussier factory.The history of slavery and the slave trade will be explained using archived documents, images, artefacts, everyday objects plus visual and audio testimonials.

The Guadeloupe Regional Council has built the MEMORIAL ACTE, a Caribbean Centre on the Expression and Memory of Slavery & the Slave Trade in Pointe à Pitre, in the former Darboussier factory.The history of slavery and the slave trade will be explained using archived documents, images, artefacts, everyday objects plus visual and audio testimonials.

Pointe-à-Pitre Waterfront

Pointe-à-pitre City Of Art & History
Pointe-à-pitre City Of Art & History

Wall Mural of Remembrance May 1967 riots in Guadeloupe

The riots of May 1967 are confrontations that occured between police and civilians due to a racist attack on a guadeloupean worker by a european shop owner. And some social movements in time of crisis in Guadeloupe. Three days of deadly riots followed, between 80 and 200 civilians were killed by police and army officers.That terrible tragedy is deeply rooted in our minds...                                                                            The riots of May 1967 are confrontations that occured between police and civilians due to a racist attack on a guadeloupean worker by a european shop owner. And some social movements in time of crisis in Guadeloupe. Three days of deadly riots followed, between 80 and 200 civilians were killed by police and army officers.That terrible tragedy is deeply rooted in our minds...

The riots of May 1967 are confrontations that occured between police and civilians due to a racist attack on a guadeloupean worker by a european shop owner. And some social movements in time of crisis in Guadeloupe. Three days of deadly riots followed, between 80 and 200 civilians were killed by police and army officers.That terrible tragedy is deeply rooted in our minds...

Listen to some traditional "GwoKa" music

Gwoka was born in a dark period of the Guadeloupe history . It is not only a music but everything that revolves around it : the dance, games , jokes , a certain way of being, in a word, a whole way of life that comes from our African ancestors. Further down the street, A statue of Marcel Lollia called "Vélo" playing the Ka was erected in his honor. When Marcel Lollia died June 5, 1984. His death marks its entry into the History of Guadeloupe, as it becomes a reference in the Gwo Ka music.
Gwoka was born in a dark period of the Guadeloupe history . It is not only a music but everything that revolves around it : the dance, games , jokes , a certain way of being, in a word, a whole way of life that comes from our African ancestors. Further down the street, A statue of Marcel Lollia called "Vélo" playing the Ka was erected in his honor. When Marcel Lollia died June 5, 1984. His death marks its entry into the History of Guadeloupe, as it becomes a reference in the Gwo Ka music. Gwoka was born in a dark period of the Guadeloupe history . It is not only a music but everything that revolves around it : the dance, games , jokes , a certain way of being, in a word, a whole way of life that comes from our African ancestors. Further down the street, A statue of Marcel Lollia called "Vélo" playing the Ka was erected in his honor. When Marcel Lollia died June 5, 1984. His death marks its entry into the History of Guadeloupe, as it becomes a reference in the Gwo Ka music.

Gwoka was born in a dark period of the Guadeloupe history . It is not only a music but everything that revolves around it : the dance, games , jokes , a certain way of being, in a word, a whole way of life that comes from our African ancestors. Further down the street, A statue of Marcel Lollia called "Vélo" playing the Ka was erected in his honor. When Marcel Lollia died June 5, 1984. His death marks its entry into the History of Guadeloupe, as it becomes a reference in the Gwo Ka music.

The 7 rythms of GwoKa

La Place de La Victoire

La Place de La Victoire was named Grand-Place, Place Sartine then became in 1974 " La place de la Victoire" for the  celebration of the first slavery abolition in GuadeloupeLa Place de La Victoire was named Grand-Place, Place Sartine then became in 1974 " La place de la Victoire" for the  celebration of the first slavery abolition in Guadeloupe

La Place de La Victoire was named Grand-Place, Place Sartine then became in 1974 " La place de la Victoire" for the celebration of the first slavery abolition in Guadeloupe

La Mulâtresse Solitude

La Mulâtresse Solitude (1772 - 1802) is a historical figure of the resistance to slavery in Guadeloupe. Heroin and emblematic figure of Maroons. On 29 November 1802 at the age of only thirty years, Solitude was executed, her last words were "Live free or die! " The people of Guadeloupe, grateful, shows honor and respect to her memory.The statue is erected at the " carrefour de la Croix", on " le boulevard des Héros" in Les Abymes cityLa Mulâtresse Solitude (1772 - 1802) is a historical figure of the resistance to slavery in Guadeloupe. Heroin and emblematic figure of Maroons. On 29 November 1802 at the age of only thirty years, Solitude was executed, her last words were "Live free or die! " The people of Guadeloupe, grateful, shows honor and respect to her memory.The statue is erected at the " carrefour de la Croix", on " le boulevard des Héros" in Les Abymes city

La Mulâtresse Solitude (1772 - 1802) is a historical figure of the resistance to slavery in Guadeloupe. Heroin and emblematic figure of Maroons. On 29 November 1802 at the age of only thirty years, Solitude was executed, her last words were "Live free or die! " The people of Guadeloupe, grateful, shows honor and respect to her memory.The statue is erected at the " carrefour de la Croix", on " le boulevard des Héros" in Les Abymes city

http://www.ville-pointeapitre.fr/horaires-des-marches

Pointe-à-Pitre the city of flavors

Take a stroll down in the Saint-Antoine market also call the Spices Market where you'll be taken away by the smell of the spices

The Spices Market or Saint-Antoine market is in a 19th century classified historical monument building and It’s the oldest market of the cityThe Spices Market or Saint-Antoine market is in a 19th century classified historical monument building and It’s the oldest market of the cityThe Spices Market or Saint-Antoine market is in a 19th century classified historical monument building and It’s the oldest market of the city

The Spices Market or Saint-Antoine market is in a 19th century classified historical monument building and It’s the oldest market of the city

Le marché de la Darse

Is the famous market located near "Place de la Victoire" by the waterfront, This market offert a variety of fresh fish and vegetable.

Opening time : 6 am until 3 pm

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Pointe-à-pitre City Of Art & History

 

Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul church

 Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul church was built in 1807, it's the highest religious building of the city

Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul church was built in 1807, it's the highest religious building of the city

http://www.guadeloupe-info.com/cuisinieres.htm

"Fête des cuisinières "the celebration takes place each year since the 14th July 1916 to celebrate the festival of female chefs and to honor the Creole culinary tradition. It's a beautiful parade of colourful traditional costumes with their headscarves and aprons embroidered

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Pointe-à-pitre City Of Art & History
This museum was inaugurated July 3, 1887 , following a donation made in 1883 by abolitionist Victor Schoelcher.This building is the first museum opened in Guadeloupe

This museum was inaugurated July 3, 1887 , following a donation made in 1883 by abolitionist Victor Schoelcher.This building is the first museum opened in Guadeloupe

http://www.guadeloupe-islands.com/

 

The Tourism Committee of the Guadeloupe Islands ( CTIG )

 

This building built in 1927 stand out for architecture neoclassical lines

This building built in 1927 stand out for architecture neoclassical lines

As you walk along the Pointe-à-Pitre streets

you’ll see some Street Art masterpieces from street artists like PACMAN, STEEK, DEFCREW, MIZER …to name just a few of them.

Pointe-à-pitre City Of Art & History
Pointe-à-pitre City Of Art & History
Pointe-à-pitre City Of Art & History
Pointe-à-pitre City Of Art & History
Pointe-à-pitre City Of Art & History

Where to eat?

My favorite restaurant first ;-)

The 1973 FOOD & SOUND Restaurant

( Open on thursday, friday and saturday evening)

If you like to try some ancestral caribbean food with a hint of modernity in a traditional creol house with an awesome vintage decor then The 1973 food & Sound restaurant is defenely THE best place to be & to eat in Pointe-à-Pitre!https://www.facebook.com/1973foodnsound/

 

The list of all restaurants across Pointe-à-Pitre & La Marina where you can eat from traditional to european food! (non-exhaustive list)

The city of Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe is part of the top 100 cities in the world where quality of life is better. Mercer, a leading global human resources consulting evaluated in a survey the living conditions in nearly 440 cities around the world and is based on 39 criteria related to quality of life

Guided Tours In The City

Heritage Service offers year-round guided tours led by a guide-lecturer approved by the Ministry of Culture and Communication. If you are in a group, The Heritage Service offers tours all year on reservation

Infoline : 0590 21 68 96

Mail : patrimoine@ville-pointeapitre.fr

Enjoy your visit in Pointe-à-Pitre!

Commenter cet article

Shanon 11/09/2016 12:55

Nice to hear about Pointe-à-Pitre! I love the Memorial Acte I went for a quick visit during my cruise. few hours isn't enough

christo 04/09/2016 19:02

C'est super, de plus en langue étrangère, je partage.Merci.

flyaway283 04/09/2016 20:28

Merci Christo pour ton commentaire et le partage.

Henri KESSELS 03/08/2016 15:20

Bravo pour ce blog bien renseigné et attractif. Pour avoir visité la ville avec un guide et historien, je ne saurais que vous recommander de le faire pour avoir un autre regard sur cette ville plus riche qu'elle n'y parait de prime abord.

flyaway283 04/08/2016 02:01

Merci pour votre commentaire. Il y a encore beaucoup de choses à dire sur Pointe-à-pitre ville d'Art et d'Histoire
Un choses est sûre, c'est que la visite de Pointe-à-Pitre est incontournable!

Angela 17/05/2016 01:32

Thanks for the journey to Pointe! Looks like New Orleans. I'd never thought about the french caribbeans before...Might think about it now. Can you show us more ;-)

flyaway283 17/05/2016 01:52

You welcome Angela! I'm quiet agree with you when you talk about New Orleans, they also have the similar creole cottages, the colourful architecture which is reflective of a multicultural heritage like us in Guadeloupe. They are several flights for Pointe-à-Pitre airport (from the US, Canada, France and soon will be from UK!) so think again about GUADELOUPE ;-) I'll defenely show more of my beautiful island.

Bruce 16/05/2016 17:53

Article très complet tant sur l'aspect historique,les arts,les marchés, les restaurants que l'aspect humain!!on ressent l'envie d'y aller en lisant cet article!!merci

flyaway283 17/05/2016 01:25

Merci pour votre commentaire en espérant que cet article donnera l'envie à d'autres personnes de visiter Pointe-à-Pitre