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Citadelle Laferrière: Inside One Of Haiti’s Mysterious Military Fortress

Lets take a visit in one of the oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site and Haiti’s incredible history surrounding the massive Citadelle Laferrière.

Faye Marcos Jimenea

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While Haiti is primarily known for its scenic views and beautiful blue waters, it also has a lesser-known place hidden inland. This place is called Citadelle Laferrière and it is gorgeous, enigmatic and above all, an unbelievable fortress.

Citadelle Laferrière is located on top of a mountain called Bonnet a L’Eveque in Northern Haiti that is 17 miles south of the city of Cap-Haïtien. Its location atop the mountain makes it a good place to view the rolling hills and the Atlantic coast of the country. If the skies are clear, even the eastern cost of Cuba can be observed, which is just a mere 90 miles away.

Citadelle Laferrière

The Citadelle Laferrière boasts a rich history that will surely blow any history buff away.

Henri Christophe, a revolutionary in Haiti that played a key role in their independence from the French, built Citadelle Laferrière. The citadel’s building started right after Haiti gained their independence in fear that the French might come again and recapture the country.

The citadel was built to be a fortress and a military compound that covers 10,000 square meters of land. Its walls were built to withstand attacks and over 365 cannons were hoisted on these walls.

However, the citadel was never attacked and so was any part of Haiti after the revolution. Thus, the 365 cannons were never fired at all. Inside Citadelle Laferrière, living quarters, cisterns and storehouses were scattered all throughout the compound and 5,000 soldiers could stay in the citadel for a year and have enough food and water to live by. If one visits Citadelle Laferrière, stacks of cannon balls can be seen and touched as these were never fired.

Cannon Balls in Citadelle Laferrière

Inside Citadelle Laferrière

Citadelle Laferrière has now become a gigantic heritage and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982.

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The World’s Tallest Outdoor Elevator Is Found In A Cliff

If you’re not afraid of heights, ride the Bailong Elevator in Zhangjiajie, China, the tallest outdoor elevator in the world. It’s tagged as the tallest and the fastest there is.

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The Bailong Elevator is set against a cliff located in the Wulingyuan area of Zhangjiajie, China. When translated to English, the word 'Bailong' translates to “Hundred Dragons Elevator”.

Construction of the structure started in 1999 and was finished right away in 2002. This was a surprise considering how large-scale the work had to be. The cost for building the elevator amounted to around 120 million yuan or about $17 million.

The Bailong Elevator stands at 1070 feet high.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Ceilings in the World

Sometimes, you just gotta look up to experience real beauty.

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Sometimes, the most awe-inspiring and beautiful things can be found in the most unexpected of places. Case in point, you have to look up to experience and appreciate beauty that words cannot describe. Here are 10 of the most stunning ceilings in the whole world:

1. Castello di Sammezzanno, Leccio, Italy

When you crane your neck to marvel at the Peacock Room of this abandoned palazzo, you will be mesmerized by the colorful décor, vaults and ceiling. Designed by Italian architect Ferdinando Panciatichi, he brought to life exotic forms and colors in Leccio between 1843 and 1889.

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10 Reasons Why Traveling in Your 30s is Way Better than Traveling in Your 20s

Because some things are better with age.

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Traveling is always an adventure worth-taking no matter your age or gender. It’s actually a better use of your money instead of purchasing unnecessary material things that won’t even give you memories to keep for up until you get really old.

There are certain differences, however, when you travel in your 30s than when you are in your 20s. It’s better, brighter and more eventful! Here are 10 reasons why:

1. You’re not so spontaneous

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