Ruins of Sans Souci Palace
Love Thy Sunny Caribbean
Photo: Herbert E. Miller
postmarked in 1978 with a Haiti stamp
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The Sans-Souci Palace was the royal residence of King Henri I (better known as Henri Christophe) of Haiti, Queen Marie-Louise and their twin daughters. Construction of the palace started in 1810 and was completed in 1813. Its name translated from French means "without worry."
Crippled by a stroke, King Henri I committed suicide on the grounds of the palace on October 8, 1820. According to Haitian legend, he shot himself with a silver bullet.
His nephew and heir, Jacques-Victor Henry, Prince Royal of Haiti was bayoneted to death by revolutionaries at the Palace on October 18, 1820.
A severe earthquake in 1842 destroyed a considerable part of the palace and it was never rebuilt.
UNESCO designated it—and the Citadelle—World Heritage Sites in 1982.
Haiti (Republique D'Haiti) stamp 1977
Fondateur de la Patrie Haitienne (Founder of the Haitian fatherland)
Avion, 1.00 (Airmail)