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The Fort Cépérou: Off the gardened Place Léopold Héder are the remains of Fort Cépérou, perched on land bought in 1643 from the Galibi people by the first French colonists. Most of the site is now a restricted military zone, but you can still stroll around for good views of Cayenne and the river.

The Musée Alexandre-Franconie was inaugurated in 1901 as the “Musée local”. Since its creation on September 18th 1901 by decision of the Governor Emile Merwart (1869-1960), the museum has been housed in Franconies’ residence. The finality of the place has always been to introduce and promote

Fort Diamond: Positioned at the mouth of the river Mahury, Fort Diamond is at the time an important strategic defense point of the island of Cayenne to invasions. It was built between 1840 and 1849 on the site of an ancient fort built in the 17th century. The work of backup and recovery has been made e installments from 1985 until 2001.

The Museum of Guyanese Cultures is located in a completely renovated Creole house in the heart of the city of Cayenne. Created in 1995, it became a regional public establishment in 1998 and now enjoys the “Musée de France” label. The Museum of Guianese Cultures preserves and values ​​a collection of ethnographic objects from the ethnic groups.

The Guiana Space Centre or, more commonly, Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG) is a French and European spaceport to the northwest of Kourou in French Guiana, France. Operational since 1968, it is particularly suitable as a location for a spaceport as it fulfills the two major geographical requirements of such a site

Cayenne Cathedral: Having just come through a renovation, Cayenne’s 19th-century cathedral is as splendid as ever. The architecture is in the colonial style, and work was completed in 1833, but it would be another century before the church would become a cathedral, when the diocese of Cayenne was created in 1933. Pause in front to check out the portico and balustrade, and then go inside to escape the heat. Keep an eye out for the clock, which was made in 1871.

Musee de l’Espace International space center, home to French & European launches, offering visitor tours & a museum. Address: N1, Kourou, French Guiana. Phone: +594 594 32 61 23

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