Milot, home of Sans Souci Palace
Milot is 20 kilometres from Cap-Haitien, a popular coastal city in the northern part of Haiti. In the 1800s, it was proclaimed as the country's first site capital by King Henri Christophe. Under King Henri I's rule, the beautiful Sans-Souci Palace was constructed from 1810 to 1813. The construction also included the building of eight smaller palaces, fifteen chateaus, several forts and summer homes, as well as twenty plantations, all owned and managed by the then royal family. The Palace is the notorious site of King Henri I's suicide in 1820. In 1842, it was destroyed by a strong earthquake and was never rebuilt. Despite its rough shape, it remains one of the most enamouring sites to see in Haiti, resulting in its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.
Aside from the Sans-Souci Palace, Milot is home to the most popular landmark in Haiti, the Citadelle Laferrière. It is a large fortress located at a mountaintop, constructed from 1805 to 1820 by King Henri Christophe. The fortress is considered the largest of its kind in the Americas.
Today, Milot is considered to be a hospital village since the devastating 2010 earthquake that hit Haiti. It hosts the Hopital Sacre Coeur(HSC) funded by the Crudem Foundation, Inc. and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
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