Saint-Pierre de la Martinique, the jewel of the Caribbean

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Reading time: 0 minPublished on 11 January 2023, updated on 15 April 2024

In Martinique, beautiful beaches are not unusual and neither are towns with a rich past. Nevertheless, Saint-Pierre is incomparable. This town is truly precious, drawing its identity, beauty and strength from its history; a story of unrequited love for « its » volcano. Forever scarred by the eruption of 1902, the city still shows the stigmata of this terrible past, one that is felt in the present day and makes the city what it is: extraordinary.

The Anse Couleuvre

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The Anse Couleuvre is one of the most beautiful beaches of black sand to the north of Saint-Pierre. Wild and deserted, it’s a true paradise.

The market square

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Exotic fruits and a colourful ambiance are assured in the market square of Saint-Pierre.

Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Cathedral

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This Cathedral was rebuilt under the initiative of Victor Depaz, a local boy who became an industrialist and collector and who lost his entire family in the volcanic eruption. The only feature to escape this disaster, the original façade was preserved and reused for the current building.

The Vierge des Marins

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There is a magnificent view from the Vierge des Marins. This statue of Our Lady at Morne-d’Orange, on the site of a disused military battery, overlooks the Bay of Saint-Pierre and has offered a unique panorama.

Rue Mont-au-Ciel

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The Rue Mont-au-Ciel is one of the only streets that remained intact following the catastrophe of 1902.

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