On the west coast of St. Kitts looms one of the most impressive sites in all the Caribbean: a towering black rock nearly a thousand feet tall, crowned with an equally black massive fortress growing straight out of the top. This is Brimstone Hill.
Formerly a British military site, the black stone blocks that make up the fortress were cut right from the volcanic andesite of the pillar. The mortar was made directly from the soft limestone onsite—boiled in massive limekilns. Construction took more than 100 years, from the 1690s to 1790s.
Today, Brimstone Hill has been well restored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site of historical, cultural, and architectural significance—with cannons once again facing out over Sandy Point and the Caribbean. Be sure to visit the Fort George Museum for information on the storied history of the site and what life was like for the fort’s inhabitants throughout the ages.