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Bibliothèque Schoelcher

1 Rue de la liberté, Fort-de-France 97200, Martinique
+596 596 55 68 30
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Bibliothèque Schoelcher Fort De France  Martinique

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Mon 1pm - 5:30pm
Tue - Thur 8:30am - 5:30pm
Fri 8:30am - 5pm
Sat 8:30am - 12pm

Bibliothèque Schoelcher

The gorgeous Bibliothèque Schoelcher is a soaring late-19th-century library built of wrought iron, concrete, wood and glass. The building was designed by Pierre-Henri Picq, a disciple of Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame), and built in Paris for the 1889 World's Fair. It was later disassembled and shipped in pieces to Martinique. Picq was also responsible for the nearby St. Louis Cathedral, another handsome example of eclectic cast-iron architecture. Travelers interested in the island's literature will also want to visit the Aimé Césaire Museum, located just two blocks away in Fort-de-France's old city hall. A small collection of manuscripts and artifacts provides an introduction to the life and works of one of the Caribbean's premier intellectuals. Césaire, a poet and playwright born on Martinique, served as the longtime mayor of Fort-de-France and was a founder of the Martinican Progressive Party.