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The Swami Vivekananda International Convention Centre (SVICC) is located in Les Pailles, about 3.5 miles away from the capital of Port Louis. Spread over a massive area of about 58, 865 square meters, this center is a very popular destination for conferences, concerts, galas and other such events in the region of the Indian Ocean. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including Wi-Fi, video conferencing, satellite transmission and more, this center offers a host of venues that can be used for a range of events. Occupying two floors, this center has venues like the Atrium, with a floor area of 2000 square meters, a Main Hall, with an area of 3500 square meters, and an Amphitheatre, with an area of 450 square meters, which have hosted several major events in the region. Do check the website for more information.
Lying in Baie aux Tortues or Turtle Bay are the remnants of what was once an arsenal for the French army. Built under the direction of the then French governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais, a sudden explosion in the year 1774 destroyed most of this stronghold. The ruins throw light on the architecture of the French colonists and one can mark out structures that resemble a flour mill and lime kiln. The ruins now forms part of the Maritim Hotel thus limiting access for the general public. For more information on history and visiting, do call ahead.
Towering over the city of Port Louis, the Pieter Both is a majestic peak of Mauritius. Second highest in the island nation, it rises to 820 meters (2,690 feet). The peak is named after the first Governor General of the Dutch East Indies. Once home to world's rarest palm species, the steely, rugged surface of the peak dominates the soft verdure of the lower lands. Deemed to be one of the most difficult mountains to climb, the distinct rock formation at the top makes it a worthwhile climb. Often compared to a human head, several stories and legends have been associated with the unknown origins of this peculiar structure. A challenge for adventurous trekkers and hikers, the peak offers spectacular panoramas of the verdant landscapes of Mauritius.
The Eureka Mansion takes visitors back in time to the island of long ago. This old Creole mansion includes beautifully maintained rooms with exhibits of old furniture, photographs and show pieces that echos of Mauritian culture. Doubling as a museum , Eureka makes an interesting addition to one's travel itinerary.
Founded in March 1991, the Folk Museum of Indian Immigration represents the Indian immigrants and attempts to showcase Indian culture and ideologies to its visitors. Each of the object from the collection like maps, photographs, documents and so forth unravel varied phases of the Indian immigrants in Mauritius. Apart from the tourists, this treasure trove of information is very helpful and useful to researchers, historians and students. For more details, check website or simply call ahead.
A grand example of Colonial architecture, the Château of Réduit has stood the test of time, having survived a cyclone and several modifications over the years. Completed in the year 1749, this mansion has been the home of prominent statesmen, including the Governor Pierre Felix Barthelemy David, who was also the architect of this grand structure. Today, it is the residence of the President of Mauritius. Besides the main structure, there are also beautiful gardens that surround the Chateau, which are also the venue for important cultural events.