A front view of the ruined Sans-Souci Palace near the town of Milot, Haiti, located approximately 5 km northeast of the Citadelle Laferrière. A UNESCO World Heritage Site today, the palace was constructed from 1810 to 1813. The palace’s name “Sans-Souci” translated from French means "carefree".
The Sans-Souci Palace was the royal residence of Henri Christophe (King Henri I), a key leader during the Haitian slave rebellion (1791–1804), and his wife Marie-Louise and their two daughters. It was the most important of nine palaces built by Henri Christophe.
The palace was completely destroyed by the massive 1842 Cap-Haïtien Earthquake and was never rebuilt. Before its destruction, the Sans-Souci Palace was acknowledged by many to be the Caribbean equivalent of the Palace of Versailles in France.
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