12 historical places to see in Victoria, which hardly anyone knows
The Seychelles ' capital, Victoria, located on Mahé island and is so different as you imagine a capital city. It is very small, sometimes trubelig and very busy, but absolutely worth a visit. I'm always happy, but it's just so much. Especially those who are interested in historical and culturally precious places, and the pit, takes place in Victoria is a true treasure.
For this reason, developed SSTF (Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation) in kind support from the BHC (British High Commission) is a map in four languages for Locals and tourists.
This card offers an impressive Overview of the history of Victoria, based on well-known and lesser-known sights. Did you know that the ancient coast line runs straight through the city? This and much more you can learn in this blog post.
Victoria's Tips, Sights & Highlights:
12 historic places that hardly anyone knows
- Coral Rock in Victoria
- Kas Zanana
- Lavwar – Public Laundry
- Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1864)
- La Domus (1934)
- Jivan Shah Import (1925)
- Former Transport Information Board
- Age Pferdetrog
- Kenwyn House (1850)
- Botanical Garden
- The Bel Air Cemetery (1794)
- Francine Lagrenade House (1923)
Coral Rock in Victoria
Did you know that the land mass of the capital of Victoria, is located, earlier even existed? The coast line once ran through the city at the Francis Rachel Street. Just behind the Parking lot at the Artisanal Kiosks where Locals sell colorful wooden houses Souvenirs, you can see the old sea walls yet.
Today, the coast line is about 400 m to 1000 m further to the West. On the surface, which was previously only from the sea, you can find today the pier of the port, the bus station, the football stadium, the traffic circle with the Bicentennial Monument (the monument was in 1978, to commemorate the 200 Anniversary of the Victoria building), as well as the Independence Road, and the 5th June Avenue.
The map above clearly illustrates. The rights of the turquoise-colored area was once the sea and is today the country.
The Kas Zanana is an old Creole town house, the end of the 19th century. Century was renovated. Today, an art gallery, with works by the famous artist, George Camille, who is considered to be one of the most famous artist of the Seychelles is located in.
Lavwar – Public Laundry
This old public Laundry was originally built for the local maternity hospital, and was until the 1970s a popular meeting place for indigenous women in Victoria, as the last households were connected in the area of the water supply.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1864)
Map: 14 | National Monument
The imposing Cathedral in 1850, is the largest Catholic Church and one of the first churches in the Seychelles. The first and only Seychelles Bishop, Felix Paul, who passed away in 2001, and was buried in a tomb in the Cathedral beige. Although it is not visible, the Position is marked by a plaque in the floor.
The Church was renovated several times in the past. The last renovation took place up to 1995. The Seychellois artist Egbert Marday designed the carved doors.
At the Church services, everyone can participate.
La Domus (1934)
Map: 15 | National Monument
Also worth seeing is La Domus, the magnificent and majestic building on the left next to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is. It was built in 1934 and is a national monument of the Seychelles. The Capuchin house for the Franciscan monks known house is now used mainly as an administration building.
Jivan Shah Import (1925)
The beautiful, colorful house in the middle of Victoria knows everyone probably, because it is hard to miss. What probably very few know: It was once a grocery store, a traditional Creole business house of Seychelles Gurus Jivan Shah, which he bought in 1925 in Victoria. In the top floor, he lived, and there were his libraries.
The ground floor consists of coral blocks, and covered with a limestone plaster made of crushed coral. Today, a substance located at the bottom of the store.
Former Transport Information Board