Flanked by the Eureka garden, the colonial Eureka House or Maison Eureka stands on the Moka riverbanks as a classy Creole residence dated back to the 1830's. Boasting of 109 windows and doors, it is famous not only as one of the largest mansions in Mauritius but also for its extensive collection related to colonial art, music, Indian and Chinese houseware and maps.
Fort Adelaide or Citadel Fort is a British military installation from 19th century overlooking the harbor and Port Louis. Now converted as National Monument, the fort atop Petite Montague hill is constructed in Moorish style with arches and huge rectangular blocks. The Indian Ocean and the waterfront surround the area along with the old barracks now act as souvenir boutiques.
Dated back to 1856, this restored Victorian Mansion was owned for more than 150 years by Wiehe family. Nestled in the fertile orchard and endemic plantation, the neo-classical Italian mansion with colonnaded gallery is made of teak wood. The rooms with vintage silverware and dinnerware give an idea of the lifestyle back then. Taste some wine and gourmet food at the Rhumerie des Mascareignes.
The Historic Monument was built during 1868 and was inaugurated in 1995 to keep record the significant events in Mauritian postal service since 1772. In the four rooms, you will find different anecdotes regarding communication system in the old days, the exhibition area that changes the exhibits and the philatelic gallery. Red and blue stamps, posters, postal equipment and uniform, stamp machines, letter boxes and more are on display.
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Located in Balaclava, the remnants of the French Arsenal dated back to 1774 is the main attraction here. Within the Maritim Resort & Spa perimeters, the lime kiln and flour mill can be seen easily if you are a guest of the hotel and those who are not staying, can get permission from the hotel security guard. Baie aux Tortues and Arsenal Marine Bay National Park can be accessed here.
Colloquially known as the tea route, Route Du Thé comprises of the Domaine des Aubineaux, Domaine de Bois Chéri and Domaine de Saint Aubin. Start with the museum featuring deep-rooted history of tea industry in the bourgeois house and follow the Bois Cheri Tea Factory to know about tea making or enjoying tea tasting. The colonial house of Saint Aubin offers Mauritian meal and a gateway to Vanilla and Anthurium greenhouses.
Domaine des Aubineaux is one of the oldest buildings in Mauritius located in Curepipe. Back in the colonial period, the Franco-Mauritian Guimbeau family used to live in the house till as late as 1993. Later, the Mauritian government took possession of the house, renovated it, and opened it as a museum. The original furniture, paintings and other antique curios and artefacts from the colonial ages have all been preserved carefully, and are on display here. A guided tour is available.
Situated in Cap Malheureux, the Notre Dame Auxiliatrice is one of the oldest churches in Mauritius. It stood witness to one of the most written-about wars between the French and the British over the control of the island. It was built as a commemorative landmark to the shipwrecks that happened off the northern coast. The church is also known by the name "the red roof chapel" and is renowned for its aesthetic value as well as historical significance.
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Also known as The Sugar Museum and Factory, a history of more than 250 years regarding sugarcane industry and tasting or rum and sugar await you at this attraction. The tour lasts for about 1.5 hours, will take you to the factory where the decade-old machinery are featured. Visit the restored sugar factory to check out the films about Mauritian sugarcane cultivation.
Martellos or Martello Tower is a group of five British defensive towers dating back to the 19th century when the French Revolutionary War had set in. Mostly coastal towers, standing around 40 feet, the towers made of sturdy masonry resisted cannon fire and the flat round roof helped 360-degree movement of heavy artillery piece. Visit La Preneuse tower museum to know about the architectures in detail.
A paradise for professional, enthusiast and general photographers out there, the Mauritius Photography Museum was founded by photographer Tristan Breville in 1960 and it features antique photographs and photography equipment used during 1800-1900’s. Take a guided tour lasting about an hour where the knowledgeable founders’ successors and associates will tell you about the history behind objects like 1773’s press machine, stereoscopic film from 1913 etc.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Le Morne Brabant at an altitude of 1824 feet covering more than 30 acres of steep slopes, overhangs and caves is the extreme southwestern point. Signifying freedom and hope, the mountain was the safe abode to many runaway slaves who lived here in small communities until they misinterpreted the incoming of a police force and committed suicide by jumping into the ocean.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as the Immigrant Depot bears the history of contracted laborer exchange from India. Built during 1849 till 1923, the place has imported around half million laborers to send them to the plantations under British authorization where they toiled rigorously. Check out the remnants of the hospital with seven rooms, guard’s room, surgery room, kitchen and immigration shed.
Dated back to 1910, the 30m tall Albion Lighthouse in Pointe aux Caves is the only operational Mauritian lighthouse and it has been featured in a number of movies and shows. Surrounded by cliffs, caves filled with bats and birds and lush greenery, the lighthouse blinks twice every ten seconds and to visit here you need authorization letter from Ports Authority.
St Louis Cathedral in Port Louis is one of the oldest churches in Mauritius. Built in 1815, the church was later promoted to a cathedral in 1847. Looking at the timeline, it is interesting to know that the plans to build the Cathedral building was drawn up in 1736, the land on which the building was supposed to be built was confirmed in 1750 and the building itself completed construction in 1756.\
The coral cottage of Robert Edward hart named La Nef was opened as the memorial museum in 1967 to exhibit copies and original letters, speeches, plays and poetry of the poet along with the furniture, fiddle, Britannic toiletry and spectacles. Within the four rooms and the reception area, you will find informative panels, photographs, writing essentials, personal library, paintings and more.
Although built in 2003 on 6th November, the monument built on the western shore of the Baie du Cap pays homage to Matthew Flinders, a renowned English cartographer and navigator’s arrival to the island. The monument made of bronze depicts the sitting figure of the navigator during his detention period in a stonewalled room. Designed by Madame Szuszanna, the monument also features a chest, flute, compass and his cat Trim.
Standing in the foreground of bamboo groves on a stone base, the celebrated bronze statue of Paul and Virginia depicts the folklore written by Jacque-Henri Bernadin de Saint-Pierre. In front of the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, the statue was inaugurated in 2005 and it speaks about the story of slave-born Paul who swam to his bourgeois beloved Virginie who succumbed to St Geran shipwreck after she decided not to remove her clothes.
The Natural History Museum or Naval Museum was the treatment house for the injured English and French commanders in 1810 followed by the Vieux Grand Port Battle. Maps of Mauritius and regions in Indian Ocean, colonial era paintings, significant Mauritian ship models, archive photographs are on display along with rare skeleton of extinct species like the dodo and Rodrigues solitaire, engraving on an extinct tortoise shell, Spanish coins etc.
The 2nd oldest in Mauritius, this thoroughbred racetrack from 1812 was military training area used by French troops and was changed into racetrack to maintain unity with the English settlers. Mostly organized during weekends, the races can be enjoyed from La Plaine, tiered seating areas on the side of the tracks or on the top of the building, near the closing line and from the private lodges.
The Jummah Masjid, located on Royal Road in Port Louis, is one of the most stunning religious buildings in Mauritius. It dates back to the 1850s and highlights the skills of Tamil artisans. The mosque is open to the public where you can tour the grounds and admire the intricate mix of Islam, Creole and Indian architectural design. Jummah Masjid houses the remains of Jamal Shah in a marble tomb nearby.
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial Centre for Culture is the place where Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam spent almost 30 years of his life, approximately between 1935 to 1965. It was inaugurated in the year 1987. The 150-year-old centre is rich in its symbolism and history and the living manifestation of the historical and architectural heritage of Mauritius. It is also listed as one of the National Heritage of Mauritius.
Saint Gabriel church is located right at the heart of Rodrigues Island and has one of the largest Port Louis diocese congregations. The religious building serves as a cathedral of the Catholic Church's Apostolic Vicariate of Rodrigues. The construction of the church began on 18th October 1936, and it was completed on 10th December 1939 when the British rule colonised Mauritius.
Apart from these, there are also a few other lesser known sites in Port Louis like the Government House, Lenin Statue Bust and Old Mill Chimney in Union Park and Frederik Hendrik Museum in Grand Port. Most of the sites excluding the museums incur entry fee and you should also check out the timings before visiting.
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