In the late 17th Century, Port Royal in Jamaica was the pirate capital of the Caribbean. Which is why the British Royal Navy built Fort Charles there in 1655, in an attempt to control the turmoil of what was considered to be “the wickedest city in the World.”
In 1692, amid the chaos of the massive Jamaica Earthquake and resulting tsunami, a significant section of Port Royal was swallowed up by the sea, and much of the rest of the town was brought to ruins. In 1907, it was hit by the Kingston Earthquake, which was almost as devastating. Today the once rich and mighty city of Port Royal is little more than a village.
Although damaged by both earthquakes, Fort Charles still survives. During the Kingston Earthquake, one of the fort’s Royal Artillery storehouses, built to hold gunpowder and weapons, partially sank into the shaking sand on which it was constructed.
Today, the building tips at an angle of around 15º. When you pass through the slanted doorway and enter the former storehouse, the tilt plays havoc with your head and balance, resulting in its nickname: the Giddy House.
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