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An integral part of the heritage of the city of Port Louis, L'Observatoire was built on the spot where once stood a powder magazine. Constructed around 1832 by John Augustus Lloyd, the Observatoire is best known for being the first meteorological observatory in the entire Indian Ocean region. When it was operational, this observatory has helped seamen avert an encounter with cyclones and was instrumental in the weather forecasts at the harbor. Today, the Observatoire is an essential part of the history of the harbor of the city and is also one of the stops on the Parcours Culturel, or Cultural Walk, of organized in the city. Do see the website for more information.
There is much more to Mauritius than just beaches, and even the local galleries and museums are worth visiting. Didus Art Gallery is one such creative space that lays a platform for the local artists to display their exclusive art work. Located at the Caudan Waterfront, the gallery showcases paintings and other art forms; blending local art with modern ideas, the collection at Didus represents local life and folklore. Apart from permanent exhibits, it also features nouveau art by upcoming artists. Visitors can shop for postcards, painting reproductions and other art objects to take back home souvenirs of their lovely trip. For additional details and images, check website.
Built in the 1850s, the spectacular Jummah Masjid is one of the city's premier landmark. An icon of the Muslim settlers that made Mauritius their home, the mosque boasts mesmerizing art & architecture. The mosque rings every Friday calling the faithful to prayer. Jummah Masjid is thus a must see while in the Port Louis.
One of the most significant landmarks, the Place d'Armes lies in the heart of the city. This place today is considered to be one of the most favorite attraction among tourists as well as locals. Surrounded by trees, the Place d'Armes definitely provides a cool place to be in the heat of the day. Also, those interested in history will find here statues of various personalities that were instrumental in deciding the course of the entire nation's history. Do call the information to know more.
Located at Chaussee Street, L'Amicale de Port Louis Casino is a popular casino. Arcade games, slot machines, roulette tables, the options are unlimited. It also has an on-site bar and restaurant that serves excellent food and refreshments. While you are in Port Louis, do visit the L'Amicale de Port Louis Casino that offers complete fun and entertainment.
Touted as one of the important museums in town, the Natural History Museum puts forth history, geology and culture of Mauritius. The Mauritius Institute Building that houses this museum is a landmark in itself and is declared as a National Heritage Site. Though this museum is not equipped with modern facilities, it is truly a treasure trove of information and has rare items on display. While browsing through its vast collection, you can see specimens of fauna native to Mauritius and exotic varieties of turtles, butterflies, birds and much more. The highlight being the skeleton of Dodo and detailed description of this now extinct bird. For more details, call ahead.