Frederiksted, seventeen miles away from Christiansted on the west coast of the island, is the smaller of St. Croix's two cities, though it is closer to the airport. Frederiksted fell victim to a huge fire in 1879, which means many of its clapboard buildings date from the turn of the century but sit on original stone foundations that date back to the mid-1700s. The main strip of Strand Street, which skirts the waterfront, offers shopping and restaurants, but overall Frederiksted is a fairly sleepy place. In town, be sure to visit Fort Frederik , a large rust-coloured building next to the pier that was built in 1760: it was the site of the slave emancipation of 1848. Inside, there's an art gallery and museum (Mon-Fri 8.30am-4pm). Other architectural highlights include St Paul's Anglican Church , built in 1812, and St Patrick's Catholic Church , built in the 1840s, both on Prince Street.
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