Distillerie Bologne – Baillif
Named for the Bologne family that migrated from the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th centuries, Distillerie Bologne is a major rum producer on the island to this day.
Located in Rivière des Pères, Basse Terre the Bologne Distillery has kept the name of the owners of the sugar factory of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It was a family of Protestants, named De Bologne, who was originally from Dauphine and who emigrated to the Netherlands in the sixteenth century and then became Dutch. The de Bologne family established sugar factories and prospered in cane growing and the sugar and rum trade in the direction of Europe and the North-West.
Following financial difficulties due to revolutionary events and then the breakdown of sugar, the plantation passed into the hands of different owners. In 1830 that Jean-Antoine Ame-Noel acquirered the plantation. He was born in Bouillante and before him, no man of color had become the owner of a sugar refinery as important as that of Bologne, which was almost 114 hectares. The definitive abolition of slavery in 1848, despite his attempts to organize free work on housing, made him enter into serious economic difficulties.
In 1930, Mr. Louis Sargenton-Callard bought the house Bologne to Mr. and Mrs. Bernadin Lacour, heirs of precedents. He reconstructed the original estate by buying La Coulisse and Beauvallon dwellings and specialized in the production of “white” agricultural rum.
Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul - Pointe-à-Pitre
The attractive yellow painted church, Église Saint-Pierre-Et-Saint-Paul, nicknamed the ‘Iron Cathedral,’ because rather than the traditional arches, it is supported by iron girders intended to brace it against earthquakes and hurricanes. It holds the unique place in history as a structure built by the Gustave Eiffel who also constructed the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The church has stood in its current form since 1876.
Sometimes referred to as a “Cathedral” in Guadeloupe because of it is the largest catholic church on the island, holding approximately 1,000 people. It is not only is it used for church services but also for concert, civic and community events.
The building was classified as a historic monument in 1978.
Fort Luis Delgrès - Basse-Terre
In 1802, Louis DELGRÈS, a free man of color born in Guadeloupe, led a doomed rebellion against Napoleon’s General Antoine Richepanse to prevent the return of slavery in the French Caribbean. Over 300 years later, the fort where he made his last stand now bears his name.
Louis Delgrès was an idealist and became a distinguished soldier in many battles for the French Republic. When, in 1802, Napoleon Bonaparte sent General Richepanse to Guadeloupe to to reinstate slavery. Delgrès led an armed rebellion of civilians and soldiers of color in opposition.Unfortunately, the rebels were no match for the French army. They retreated into this fort, where Delgrès issued a proclamation now famous “Live free or die!” When it became clear there was no hope of victory, Delgrès and 400 of his followers holed up in a plantation on the volcano’s slope and blew themselves up, along with as many French soldiers as they could. Slavery was reinstated—though some say the rebellion’s failure motivated the successful liberation struggle in Haiti.
Located on the hillside of Basse-Terre's regional capital, the fort has stunning views of the island’s volcano and the surrounding towns and oceans. Originally named Fort St. Charles, In 1989, it was officially renamed Fort Louis Delgrès after the leader of the heroic rebellion. The fort to Louis Delgrès is unique in all of the Caribbean. It is a meditation maze reminiscent of Stonehenge, with Delgrès’ head in the center and into one of the stone spiral rocks reads “Liberte” and “Justice.”
Mémorial ACTe - Pointe-à-Pitre
The Memorial ACTe or "Caribbean Centre of Expressions and Memory of the Slave trade and Slavery" is a unique place of remembrance. It opened in 2015 with two aims: to document the reality of the victims' suffering while using the act of commemoration to work towards a better society.
Housed in a spectacular silver-latticework structure on the site of the former Darboussier 7,800 m² sugar factory on Pointe-à-Pitre's waterfront, The ACTe chronicals the history of slavery in the Caribbean from the arrival of Columbus and beyond. The main exhibition takes visitors on a journey through six historic periods called "Archipelagos": The Americas, Towards slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, The slavery period, Abolition, Post-abolition and segregation, and Today.
The narrative is displayed on screens and also very effectively evoked through large art installations, some of which have been exhibited at the Louvre. Highlights include a section on the Code Noir, where you can see real iron shackles, a reconstruction of a slave hut, traditional Carnival costumes, a display on Rastafarianism, and ending with presentation on modern-day slavery and people trafficking around the world.
The Memorial ACTe was declared European Museum of the Year by the European Council in 2017.
Salle de le Raizet (PTP) - Les Abymes
Raizet is the original name of the Pointe-à-Pitre airport (PTP). The “Salle de le Raizet” is a “pop-up” concert venue paying homage to this old name.
It is located in Terminal 2 (T2) of the Pointe-à-Pitre airport (PTP), which will be closed especially for the Festival International de Musique Saint-Georges final concert event.