Sans-Souci Palace, also called Chateau de Sans-Souci
Sans-Souci Palace, also called Chateau de Sans-Souci of Henri Christophe
The Sans-Souci (or Carefree in English) Palace was the Royal residence of Henry Chrystophe (who named himself King Henry I), of Haiti. Its construction was completed between 1810 and 1813. It is located in the town of Milot, Nord Department, near the famous mountaintop fortress Citadelle Laferrière or, Citadelle, also built by Henry Chrystophe. In a severe earthquake in 1842, a major part of the palace was destroyed. During its heydays, Sans-Souci palace was compared to Versailles in France. Henry Christophe was a former slave and a self educated person. He built the palace under a program to demonstrate foreigners like Europeans and Americans, the power and capability of the black race. Incidentally, the palace shares its name with one African slave revolutionary leader, Colonel Jean-Baptiste Sans Souci. In 1982, UNESCO designated both Citadelle Laferrière and Chateau de Sans-Souci (carefree country house or castle) of Henry Chrystophe as World Heritage Sites.