Blackbeard's Castle and the 99 Steps
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Blackbeard's Castle and the 99 Steps

Yo, ho, ho and, oh my! Up on Government Hill, the circa-1678 watchtower known as Blackbeard's Castle is literally the stuff of legends. Although it's open for debate whether the famed pirate ever used the five-story tower as a lookout, one thing is for certain: Its views are tops. Nearby, the flower-lined 99 Steps (technically, there are 103), built in the 18th century of ship-ballast brick, lead from historic Kongens Quarter to some more terrific views of the island.

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