The Prison Cell of Ludger Sylbaris
The story of Ludger Sylbaris is so outlandish and astonishing that it is difficult to believe that it is true. Born in 1875 on Martinique, Ludger was a convicted felon who liked to drink and liked to fight. Ludger described the experience of seeing the light coming through the slit grow dark, and then superheated ash flying in. Ludger wasn't the only one to survive the eruption, however. Ludger became something of a celebrity and was known as "The man who lived through Doomsday" and "The Most Marvelous Man in the World." It is thought by some that the night he was imprisoned he was actually being put away for murder, which was why he was in solitary, but that Ludger later told everyone it was just because of a fight. Either way, the eruption was Ludger Sylbaris' savior. Today, the cell which saved Ludgers life can be visited in St. Pierre.