Port-au-Prince clears the rubble from its heart, Champs de Mars

The monumental center of Port-au-Prince, Champs de Mars is tent city no longer, the monuments once again presiding over morning football games and strolling couples. The Palais National, symbol of corruption and heartbreak, is being stripped to the ground, to be erased as Carthage.

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Palais National

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Champs de Mars

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Jean-Jacques Dessalines monument

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Alexandre Pétion monument

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Marron Inconnu, Statue of the Unknown Slave

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Monument for Haiti's bicentenary

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  • My recollection from my March trip was that the area by the waterfront had been cleared, but downtown still had plenty of rubble and squalor. Did you get to the Iron Market (which HAD been rebuilt when I was there) and is worth a look?

  • @Miriam Nadel – I only had a morning in Port-au-Prince and did not make it there, but did get to the Grand Cemetery, which was excellent and will post about that next. How was your trip?

  • It was interesting and enlightening. What struck me most was the energy and spirit of the people, despite the conditions so many are still living in.

    For Port au Prince specifically, I’d say the highlight was Croix des Bouquet, a district of ironworkers who do amazing art. But most of my time in Port au Prince was doing volunteer work and visiting development projects. We also went to Jacmel, where we had a mixture of volunteer work and beach time.

  • @Miriam Nadel – it was wonderful to see so many people such as yourself doing great work, I felt guilty as a just a tourist. I hear Jacmel was particularly hard hit, I hope it soon returns to being a premier Carnival destination.

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