Haute-Roche is considered to be the most mountainous départissment. After being unhabited for many years the French eventually began building a town along the steep cliffs in 1810. The town became known as Sangiers-Sur-Mer. The town's main purpose was originally to help defend the islands from possible invaders however,the town soon became a centre for the wealthy thanks to its incredible views and relatively isolated location. This made Sangiers-Sur-Mer popular for those wanting to escape the noise and business of St.Anaïs' larger towns and cities. By 1900 the town's population exploded and new buildings were being built constantly. Today,the town continues to be one of the top tourist destinations due to the town's beautiful seaside location, the peaceful atmosphere, the colorful buildings and the stunning views. Around Sangiers-Sur-Mer lush farms and forests cover the mountainous landscape. In addition to the town as being a tourist destination in itself located about 10 kms east of Sangiers-Sur-Mer is the Antoine Jérome Space Centre. The centre is home to a state of the art research facility, a launch pad which docks the space shuttle, Anaïs 1. The spaceport is jointly run and funded by the French and St.Anaïsien governments.
The départissement of Haute-Roche from above.
The town of Sangiers-Sur-Mer.
Another view of the town. The entire town is almost built right into the cliffs.
The colourful buildings of Sangiers-Sur-Mer's Vieux Ville(Old Town). Circled in yellow is the George Montand Tunnel. The tunnel runs underneath the town and is the primary entrance into the town centre which makes it extremley congested during the tourist season.
The Antoine Jérome Space Centre. The reasearch facility located on the right is the most advanced and state of the art facility in the Caribbean. On the left is the launch pad and docked at it is the Anaïs 1. The shuttle's next scheduled mission is in a few weeks where it will take supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. Although the spaceport is heavily guarded small group tours are given to tourists. This gives the public a glimpse into one of the country's more advanced and modern industries.
The Église St.Pierre.(St.Pierre Church)