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The commercial quarter starts near the port and stretches inland about 10 blocks. It lacks charm or interest, except the area beside the port that was remodelled for the city’s 1949 bicentennial. Known as the Bicentenaire (more formally, Cité de l’Exposition), it contains the post office, foreign ministry, parliament, American Embassy and French Institute. It is now very run down. The central reference point is the large, irregularly shaped park called the Champs de Mars, which begins to the east of the commercial quarter. The northwest corner is dominated by the white, triple-domed presidential palace. It was built in 1918 on the site of a predecessor that was blown up in 1912 with its president inside. In the 1991 coup, President Aristide made a stand inside the present building. Just to the northeast is the colonnaded, white and gold army high-command building, where soldiers nearly lynched Aristide after dragging him out of the palace. (He was saved by the French Ambassador, the American Ambassador or General Cedras, depending on whose story you believe.) Immediately behind the palace, to the south, is a large, mustard-yellow army garrison that was once the fief of the ill-famed Colonel Jean-Claude Paul, indicted in Miami in 1987 for drug smuggling and poisoned the following year.

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  • Sainte Trinité Episcopal Cathedral

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    Immediately to the east of the palace, on Place des Héros de l’Indépendence, the subterranean Mus...

  • Musée d’Art Haïtien

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    At the intersection of rues Capois and Légitime, the Musée d’Art Haïtien (T2222510, Mon-Fri 1000-...

  • Maison Défly

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    At the intersection of rues Capois and Légitime, the Musée d’Art Haïtien (T2222510, Mon-Fri 1000-...

  • Airport

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    The airport (T2501120/3/4/5) is on the northern edge of Delmas, 13 km outside Port-au-Prince. In ...

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