Haiti’s Architectural Landmarks Reduced to Rubble

United Nations Correspondent James Reinl reports on the sadness and helplessness with which residents of Port-au-Prince have had to bid farewell to many of their landmarks as demolition teams clear away the rubble. Here are excerpts with a link to the full article below:

The Palais National, a triple-domed presidential home that was modelled on the US White House and completed in 1920, was as symbolic as the nearby Palais de Ministères, built in the 1880s, which was also levelled. Along with the Palais de Justice and the Hotel de Ville, they rank among more than 40 buildings and monuments that UNESCO has recorded as either damaged or destroyed by an earthquake that toppled as much as 50 per cent of the capital. Residents claim the capital’s ageing trademark “gingerbread houses”, built with brick-filled timber frames, better withstood the earthquake than their shoddily-built modern concrete counterparts.

Haiti’s only inscription on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites, the mountain Citadelle la Ferrière and palace of Sans Souci, survived. [. . .] Jacmel, the southern port town of 40,000 people was founded in 1698 and famed for its carnivals, vibrant art scene and merchant-owned town houses from the 19th century, many of which were ravaged. The restoration of Jacmel–similar to much of southern Haiti–has yet to begin in earnest.

For full article, see http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100418/FOREIGN/704179972/1014/rss

Shown here,  Palais de Sans Souci (above) and Citadelle la Ferrière (below).

One thought on “Haiti’s Architectural Landmarks Reduced to Rubble

  1. It was very lucky such an important site survived, it looks very special. The Palace probably less so.
    It is good to see some photos of the devastation, we don’t see very much onour TV any more.

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