Witness the amazing influence that the French had when you tour the ruins of Haiti's Sans-Souci Palace, a classically designed 19th century structure that could have been plucked straight from Europe and set down in the sun-drenched Caribbean countryside. Located in the town of Milot, this was the most important of nine palaces built for King Henry I of Haiti (not to be confused with the English Henry I) during his reign. However, this place also has a dark side as it is rumored that many laborers died during the construction of the palace and, then only ten short years after being constructed, the King took his own life here after suffering a stroke. Today, the palace lies in ruins and provides a creepy place to spend the day exploring. So paranoid was the king that he also built the nearby mountaintop Citadelle Laferrière to defend against a French invasion that never came. Pack a lunch and spend the entire day wandering around this UNESCO-listed site. However, don't be surprised if you feel eyes watching you every step of the way!
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- Location: Milot, Haiti