Schoelcher Library

Schoelcher Library, Fort-de-France: Address, Phone Number, Schoelcher Library Reviews: 4/5

Schoelcher Library
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Built in France in 1889, this library was shipped piece by piece to the island, where it stands today, a beautiful monument to slavery abolitionist Victor Schoelcher.
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quinten
Amsterdam, The Netherlands5 contributions
Mar 2020
Fort-de-France is not really an obligatory stop during your visit to the French Caribbean island of Martinique, but within the city, this building certainly is. It is located on the edge of the Savane Park and walking distance from the cathedral and all other main sites. A stunning building!
Written April 9, 2020
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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,531 contributions
Nov 2019
This beautiful building right in town just across from the park is a very special place. The attractive exterior will lure visitors to go inside especially on a hot sunny day. Other than books and displays, there are clean restrooms in the back. Free admission.
Written March 23, 2020
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Reslysten54
Vienna, VA1,709 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
This library was constructed in Paris in 1887, but later deconstructed and shipped to Martinique. It is now probably the most interesting facade in Fort-de-France.

Inside I found a massive display of old books on the second floor, new books on the first, and a temporary exhibition of artful lamps made out of calebasse. Worth a peek, but not much more.
Written November 15, 2016
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juliohlarosiliere
Petionville, Haiti157 contributions
Mar 2013 • Family
Located in front of the park 'La Savane', it's probably the most beautiful building in Fort de France. Only 5 minute walk from the cruise port (don't even bother to take a taxi) Even though it was built in the late 19th century, the building looks pretty new (at least at the time of my visit). The architecture is interesting with nice unusual colorful iron metal work. If I had to recommend only one attraction in Fort de France, that would be the Shoelcher Library.
Written April 5, 2013
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scottagordonsg
Highland Park, IL213 contributions
Dec 2019
The historic Schoelcher Library, much like the Statue of Liberty, was made in France then shipped to Martinique and reassembled to house the works of renown abolitionist Victor Schoelcher. This is one of the most interesting--and unexpected--buildings in all of the Caribbean.
Written February 9, 2020
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fashionade
London, UK120 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
The architecture of this building is amazing - much like other buildings in Martinique, it has a lot of detail and colour! A must see if in Fort de France
Written December 25, 2017
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seagullrob
Scarborough, Australia5,934 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
Having cruised into Martinique for the day, we took a little time to stroll around the quiet town of Fort-de-France on a Sunday morning (when I suspect many of the residents were in Church - or hustling tourists down at the waterfront!).
One building that did stand out was the Schoelcher Library. It rates a mention in the tourist office "newsletter" that you can pick up from the dock, as it was built in Paris (completed in 1889), dismantled, shipped, and re-assembled in Fort-de-France (I don't have the date for that - it's not on the newsletter)!
On a Sunday, it was open from 9:00am-1:00pm.
It's a great looking building, at least from the outside.
The hilarious thing about it was that it was jam-packed with tourists off the boats. Why? Free wifi! The building is lovely on the outside, but there's not much to see inside, but everyone (okay, including me!) was on their smartphones and iPads!
Knowing how expensive wifi is on a cruise ship, this was a handy find. And you didn't even have to buy a cup of coffee.
Written May 4, 2016
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travelingrm
New Jersey740 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
We were cruising in the Caribbean for three weeks and basically just visiting beaches. We had decided to just see Fort de France and it is a lovely town with history and architecture. As we docked there was a steel band and dancers performing for us. There is a beautiful park and a nearby Fort. The information center is right there with helpful information, maps and guided tours of the fort in French and in English. At the end of the park, there is the amazing library building. It was built in France and assembled on the island. It is open to public and very worth looking inside. There is no admission fee and there is free wi-fi.
Written April 12, 2015
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Celia L
Great Neck, New York, United States188 contributions
Magnificent Moorish style exterior houses what remains of the private collection of Schoelcher that was not destroyed by fire. He donated thousands of books to help educate newly emancipated slaves. The first floor interior portion we viewed did indeed have these old books on display on a high shelf circling the double height room. In absolutely abominable storage conditions. The temperature was easily 95 degrees with high humidity. The heat and the smell of musty books was overpowering. Underneath was a small contemporary collection of French fiction. Above were the names of important figures in French culture. The rest of the space was taken up by a mediocre art exhibit. In back was a small reference section with a whisper of air conditioning. There is a very nice patterned tile floor. Outside there is lovely landscaping. Definitely worth a visit, even if just to admire the outside.
Written December 15, 2014
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ChrisLutonUK
Luton UK16 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
Fantastic ornate exterior, but worth going inside as well (no entry fee). Staff will give you a leaflet in English describing the structure and history of the building and its collection
Written December 1, 2014
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