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Gustavia – the Island’s Capital - St. Barths

Gustavia – the Island’s Capital - St. Barths

Gustavia, the capital of St. Barths, shaped like a horseshoe around a small harbour in the western part of the island, has been a busy port and a hub of commercial activity ever since the times of the Swedish rule.

The town was named by the Swedes who settled here in the 18th century. They also shaped the architectural style of the capital that still retains its unique character.

Colonial houses built in the 18th and 19th centuries, some of them painted in bright Caribbean colours, a tiny Anglican church topped with a wooden cupola, the main cathedral, the recently restored Wall House accommodating a library and a local history museum, as well as numerous shops and restaurants, create the town’s unique charm and bring out the enchantment of the bygone times.

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