Gardens of the State House of Mauritius

Visits to the State House are very rare. This year because of the 25 yrs anniversary of the Republic and next year’s 50th anniversary of Independence, the State House hosted a week of family activities and even if we didn’t join any of the festivities, we came to visit the gardens. They are big, and beautiful. A real treat to the eyes.

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The State house is located in Reduit, in the centre of the island. We didn’t get to see more of the house – i don’t if there are days where it is possible to visit (like for the Independence Day on 12th March) or if you only are allowed into the reception room.

 

There was in exposition going on in relation with the activity week so there were a few paintings and sculptures around the garden. They are all by Mauritian artists.

 

The state house dates from 1748, it was commissioned by the French governor Pierre F. B. David. It was more a fortress then to defend against attacks, but also used as a women and children shelter. It was extensively renovated under the British rule, specially after the cyclones of 1868 and 1892. The cyclone from 1892 was particularly violent and the House was saved from complete destruction by the then governor Sir Henry Jerningham. The garden as it is today was created by British Governor Sir Hesketh Bell as he took interest in the gardens and installed fountains, other water features and introduced plants from Kew Gardens in London, but also from Ceylan.

 

One last but not least mention for a special flower.

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The Trochetia Boutoniana or the ‘boucle d’oreille’, the earring tree is the national flower of Mauritius. It was chosen in 1992 when Mauritius became a Republic. It was named after the famous french botanist, Louis Buton, and is endemic to Mauritius. The tree is found in the wild only in one location on the island, on the slopes of the Morne Braband in the south of the Island. They have been planted a little bit everywhere, but are however a rare find on the island. This picture is in the garden of the State House.


I have mentioned the cyclone from 1892, in the post ‘The Lady in Black‘.

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13 thoughts on “Gardens of the State House of Mauritius

  1. Do you find buildings in Mauritius a little more tedious to maintain when compared to places with lower humidity such as it gets moldy a lot faster and require a fresh coat of paint every now and then? One of the sculpture reminds me of antbears (aardvarks).

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    1. Everything here has a much shorter life span! – cars (too humid, not enough, too many holes in the street…) – houses, yes, needed painting and general repairs all the time. even clothes, gets smelly if not moved around a couple of months – even in what looks like a dry and healthy environment. Rain, proximity to the ocean, the salt, the sand..

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      1. I see. Thanks for letting me know. Metal, fabric, wood and many other materials get disintegrated quicker in environment with high salt content. I hope no one has receding hairline problem. My friend use to work in a place with high salt content in the drinking water and she had to buy bottled water for washing her hair to prevent further hair loss.

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  2. Wow this looks AMAZING! Mauritius is on my list of places I would love to visit, it looks like absolute paradise! The sky is ridiculously blue!! Thank you for sharing with us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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