Port Louis Mauritius
Port Louis Mauritius, is the capital and largest city. The city has a diverse, vibrant culture that that is reflected in its architecture, arts, and festivals. Port Louis Mauritius was founded by the French governor and colonist Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais in 1735.
Situated on the north-west coast, Port Louis is the business and administrative capital of Mauritius. Packed with office-workers during the day, it quickly quietens down after office-hours – allowing visitors to enjoy a night out along the famous Caudan Waterfront.
If you are close, Port Louis Mauritius is worth a visit for the day. There is plenty to see.
The historical centre of the city, the Place D’Armes is the main, palm lined square that links the capital’s port to the Government House
Statue of Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais
The statue of the French governor Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, one of the founding fathers of Mauritius. It can be found at the entrance of Place D’Armes.
Built in the time of the Governor Nicholas de Maupin (1729-1735), this splendid building is one of the oldest in Port Louis Mauritius.
With it’s hustle and bustle the Central Market is the place to get feel for how the locals live and to pick up a souvenir or two. Be prepared to haggle.
Theatre of Port Louis
Built in the 19th Century, this timeless municipal theatre is one of the oldest in the Indian Ocean. It is decorated in a classic London theatre style and seats around 600 people.
Situated on a hill over looking the city and the harbour, this citadel type structure was built by the British in 1835 to observe potential riots in Port Louis before the abolition of slavery. Today, it hosts shows and concerts from local and visiting artists from all over the globe.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Aapravasi Ghat, or ‘immigration depot’ in Hindi, pays tribute to the thousands of labourers who came to Mauritius from India after the abolition of slavery and eventually settled here.
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