A Brief History of the Smallest Capital
A Look at the Capital City Victoria
1. English River (it is the innermost part)
The Greater Victoria is encompassed of these districts; there are five more of 25 areas of the nation which are listed below:
A Tour Around Victoria
There are two main centres in Victoria. There is a clock tower which is a replica of the clock tower of London. This is where the first centre of the city revolves around. This area has a post office, bank and Palace of Justice. The second circle of the city revolves around the Sir Selwyn Clarke Market. It takes hardly a walk of five minutes from the clock tower. If you are here during the morning of any Saturday, that's the perfect time to visit.
The city is beautifully designed and painted with colourful facades, balustrades and shutters. While you take a walk through the city, your mind and soul will surely get scented with the smell of aromatic spices. The city gets busier during the morning at 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM as this is the time when people come out and do shopping. However, this doesn't last for a long period as after 5:00 PM, these shops are closed for the evening. So, better that you head to the harbour or enjoy an exotic cocktail at a bar in the city. You can even visit a club and enjoy the nightlife for some fun.
Victoria's Local Transport
9 Top Things To Do in Victoria - Some Major Attractions
1. Clock Tower
3. Sir Selwyn Clarke Market
There is a Hindu temple in Victoria famous for its eye-catching and colourful decoration. There is a small Indian community in the city which worships there.
A must visit place in the city, this museum is a fascinating place, especially for people who love to explore nature. You will get to know a lot of things about the island including the flora, fauna and geology.
7. Bicentennial Monument
At the eastern end of Independence Avenue, you will find this statue which is located at Freedom Square. Having three white wings, this magnificent statue was built to honour Victoriaâ€™s 200th anniversary by Italian artist Lorenzo Appiani. The three wings represent three different continents in Seychelles, i.e. Asia, Africa and Europe.
8. National Library Building
Do you love reading or want to dig out the history, culture and geography of Seychelles? Head to Francis Rachel Street/4th June Avenue. The modern library is a beautiful building. This AC library is open to the public since 1995. The opening time is Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and on Saturday, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. There are no admission charges.
9. St. Paul's Cathedral
Opposite of the Clock Tower, is the largest and oldest Anglican Church of the nation, on Revolution Avenue. In 1859, the first Anglican Bishop of Mauritius consecrated this church. There are 800 seats. One can visit the church with no entry fee.The capital city experiences a tropical rainforest climate with the temperatures remaining high for the most part of the year. June and July are the driest months while December to February is the wettest. The capital city houses almost one-third of the total population of Seychelles.
Seychelles International AirportSeychelles International Airport (SEZ) serves the capital, around 11KM in the southeast. To order to reach the city from the airport, you need to head on to Victoria - Providence Highway. The nation is well connected with places like London, Rome, Frankfurt, Mumbai and Bangkok by Air Seychelles. There are charter services on a regular basis from Amsterdam (Martinair) and Frankfurt (Condor). Also, international flight services are available from Abu Dhabi (Etihad Airways), Nairobi (Kenya Airways), Doha (Qatar Airways), Dubai (Emirates) and La Reunion (Air Austral).
The city is an eclectic melange culture and will amaze you with several things from cultural and religious places to modern architectures. Filled with a soothing ambience, this is a perfect destination for weekend enjoyment, no matter if you are alone or with your loved one. Take a walk on the street when in the evening or visit the local market to soak yourself in the city's culture. Visit the botanical garden to know about the island's flora and fauna or spend some time at the national museum and explore the history of this place.