Must see attractions in Pointe-à-Pitre

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    Mémorial ACTe

    Top billing in the French Antilles goes to this huge museum of slavery, opened by President Hollande in 2015. Housed in a spectacular silver-latticework structure on the site of the former Darboussier sugar factory on Pointe-à-Pitre's long-neglected waterfront, ACTe tackles a tricky subject head-on, with various sections dedicated to stages of the slave trade in the Caribbean and beyond in chronological order. Allow at least two hours to do the audio guide justice.

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    Musée St-John Perse

    This three-level municipal museum occupies an outstanding example of 19th-century colonial architecture and is dedicated to renowned poet and Nobel laureate Alexis Leger (1887–1975), better known by his nom de plume Saint-John Perse, who spent his childhood in Guadeloupe. The house offers a glimpse of a period Creole home and has displays on Perse’s life and work.

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    Marché de la Darse

    This popular market on the seafront in front of Place de la Victoire is Pointe-à-Pitre's main fruit-and-vegetable market. It's full of characters and you'll nearly always be offered some free samples.

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    Cathédrale de St-Pierre et St-Paul

    Rather than the traditional arches, this attractively painted sand-colored church, nicknamed the ‘Iron Cathedral,’ is supported by iron girders intended to brace it against earthquakes and hurricanes. It's quite unusual but seems to be working well – the church has stood in its current form since 1876. However, as cathedrals go, it's pretty unremarkable: the flower market on the steps outside almost outshines it.