Unusual Buildings in the Caribbean

by sarah ackerman

Not very often associated with awkward attractions or architectural masterpieces, the Caribbean can still offer a lot of surprises in terms of architecture and design. While you shouldn’t expect to find the Empire State Building or the Notre Damme cathedral tucked among the palm trees, there are still some very interesting constructions to admire in the Caribbean. For those with an eye for exceptional architecture and less conventional design, today I have selected four of the most unusual buildings in the Caribbean:

Fort de France Cathedral

Churches of different confessions and architectural styles can be found everywhere in the caribbean, however few of them are as eye-catching as the Fort de France Cathedral in Martinique. This tall wooden structure was designed by a French architect who wanted to adapt the western style to the special environmental conditions in Martinique. The cathedral is built not only in the spirit of beauty and elegance, but also in order to survive natural catastrophes.

Castle House, San Juan

San Juan is quite a big and diverse city, so don’t be amazed if you find some unusual residences in your strolls through the residential areas. The so called Castle House is by far one of the strangest constructions in the capital city of Dominican Republic. Situated at the city’s outskirts, this white villa has several little towers and lots of tiny windows, pretty much like the castle in the Disney logo.

Conch Shell House, Isla Mujeres

by sarunas burdulis

A shell shaped house? It that really possible? Well, considering  the millions of creatures like snails or mussels have their house is a shell, why not building a big enough shell to host an entire family? The Conch Shell House is one of the great attractions on the intensely visited Isla Mujeres off the Mexican coast. The architects have managed to build a very accurate replica of a shell, but what’s even more amazing about this house are the thematic interiors and round-shaped furniture.

Rose Hall Great House

by sarah ackerman

The Rose Hall house in Jamaica is more or less of a typical colonial villa, but its architecture is nothing special in comparison with the spooky stories surrounding it. The house used to be inhabited by Annie Palmer, also known as the White Witch of Rose Hall – a supposedly psychopath killer, who murdered all her former lovers by using voodoo spells. The house is now a museum, under the patronage of former US beauty queen Michelle Rollins.

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