If you’re going on a trip to Mauritius, visit these historical places and discover mystifying facts about these ancient heritages.
- Aapravasi Ghat
Aapravasi Ghat, or Immigration Depot, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a complex of buildings which were used back in the day for bonded labourers from India. An interpretation centre is located there. Life-size models are making the place more real and striking.
- Baie De l’Arsenal Or Arsenal Bay
In Arsenal Bay you can see the ruins of a French Arsenal. The village of Arsenal was home to a French foundry, which produced cannons and all other kinds of military supplies. It was destroyed back in 1774 because of an explosion killing around 300 slaves.
- La Route Du Thé (Bois Cheri)
Bois Cheri is an amazing place known as a tea plantation. You can book a tour of the premises where you will get to know in deep about the history as well as the functioning of the plantation. At the end of the tour, you can sample teas.
- St. Aubin House
The plantation of St. Aubin goes back almost two hundred years. The factory was shifted in the seventies and the estate no longer deals in sugar. The lawns of this huge house are now home to a rum distillery. There is a vanilla house, spice garden, tropical garden here as well.
- Beau Plan Sugar Mill
The Beau Plan, another sugar factory, now serves as a museum. The exhibition here covers the tale of sugar, crisscrossing with the history of the island, rum trade as well as the practice of slavery. In the museum, you can watch a video about this factory, it also has interactive sessions where you can get more knowledge about the history of this place. At the end of the tour, everyone gets to taste around 15 types of sugar.
The factory itself was started back in 1797, and it was closed down on the turn of the century in 1999.
- Martello Tower
The 5 towers were built back in 1800’s by the British to protect their colony from the French. Now the tower is now serving as a museum where experts explain the incredible architecture of the towers. These towers are all 3 metres thick, with copper cannons which could shoot at a range of about 2 kilometres.
- Eureka House
This place, built in the early 1800’s as a grand mansion, is a museum now, providing an insight into the colonial past of the country. The house has 109 doors and a large number of rooms to keep the place cool even in hot summers. The place houses many antiques, pieces of furniture and maps dating back to French East India Company along with servant quarters and kitchens.
- Le Morne
Le Morne is a mountain located southwest of the island, which provided shelter to a number of slaves who dared to run away from their masters back in the day. The place is a huge symbol of their fight for freedom and the uncrushable human spirit.
- Matthew Flinders Monument
The place is dedicated to Matthew Flinders, the English cartographer and explorer, who first identified Australia as a continent. When Matthew Flinders first arrived on the island, he got imprisoned for 6 years as England and France were at war. The monument was built in 2003.
- Citadel Fort
This place is also known as Fort Adelaide, it was built by the British back in the nineteenth century. You can enjoy panoramic views of the capital, Port Louis, as well as the harbour from the top.