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When we talk about Port-au-Prince, we are talking about the city. The latter is located in the municipality of Port-au-Prince, which is a subdivision of the district of Port-au-Prince located in the department of the West.
Capital and commercial center of Haiti, seat of the government, Port-au-Prince is one of the 2 entry points in the country. It owns the largest of the 2 international airports, the Toussaint Louverture airport. It is a hub necessary to reach the vast majority of other regions of Haiti.
The city is rather urban and very alive. The commercial districts occupy the Seaside whose streets are invaded by street vendors, colored cars (tap-taps) and moto-taxis. The higher you climb towards the hills, the more the crowd loses its density.
A large part of the Haitian elite reside in the suburb of Pétion-Ville, a high hill just 15 minutes south-east of Port-au-Prince and 450 meters above sea level. Higher, in Boutilliers in the mountains, as soon as the sun sets, a splendid spectacle reveals the beauty of the tumbling city of the cirque from its hills towards the sea.
Founded in 1749, the bicentennial of the city was commemorated in 1949 by an international exhibition, whose site is a walk framed by palms. Not far from the Place du Bicentenaire, more formally called the Cité de l'Exposition, are the ruins of the National Palace, the National Pantheon Museum, the Embassy of France, the Ministry of National Education, the French Institute.
The Champ de Mars, a beautiful pulpit surrounding the ruins of the National Palace, is lined with many buildings dating from the thirties. There is also the Museum of Art, other wonders of construction of the turn of the century turned into a Creole museum and antique shops.
Behind the Champ de Mars, extends the Bois-Verna which, until the fifties was the aristocratic district of the city. In this area, there are still these elegant houses made of wood lace called « Gingerbread Houses » whose expression reflects a Creole lifestyle is now gone.
Port-au-Prince is also a must-see circuit of pictorial art galleries. The visitor will observe an important arts and cultural life and a very active nightlife. The restaurants abound, especially in the area of Péton-Ville where visitors enjoy a glass of local rum before enjoying authentic Creole cuisine, always followed by a cup of coffee whose aroma is one of characteristics of the soil. You can also enjoy world cuisine, fne and tasty, where mix modernity and traditon always in a cozy atmosphere and a friendly atmosphere.
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