The Chapel with the red roof

Probably one of the most well known photography spots in Mauritius: the little church with the red roof located in Cap Malheureux, in the North on the island, a 10 minutes drive from Grand Bay.

Notre Dame Auxiliatrice, Cap Malheureux, Maurice

It is said that the name of the village Cap Malheureux (the Cape of Bad Luck) was given because many ships wrecked not far on the coral reefs, including the famous St Géran – the ship mentioned in Paul et Virginie’, by Bernardin de St Pierre. The St Géran actually never reached Cap Malheureux as it hit the coral reefs a little before at Ile d’Ambre.

The chapel, founded in 1938, is very simple inside. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Many tourists come and join mass on sunny Sunday mornings – so it is always full and people end up sitting around and standing in front and on the side of the church where loud speakers are put up.

The views are beautiful – the chapel lays just in front of Gunner’s Quoin – Le Coin de Mire – and other of the Northern Isles are visible as well. It is a great playground for children, with rock pools and lots of things to discover, while adults sit in the shade and enjoy the views.

Gunner's Quoin, Mauritius

Many brides often come here to have their pictures taken – locals and tourists alike. Yesterday morning there were none, but in the afternoon it is not rare to see 2 or 3 couples walking around with a photographer in tow.

There are also many locals offering rides out to fish and have a look at the islands. I have never tried and wouldn’t know how safe it is – but these guys are fishermen and locals and have been living there all their life.

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If you want to read more about Paul et Virginie – I wrote a post about this Mauritius Romeo and Juliet story – Paul et Virginie, the Mauritian Love Story.

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30 thoughts on “The Chapel with the red roof

    1. I think the locals probably do an awesome job at taking tourists out – it also brings a bit more money home, a good way of supporting the local economy 🙂 it’s one of my favourite spots on the island.

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  1. Pretty cute chapel. It reminds me of the small church in the music video of the Guns N’ Roses song “November Rain” where Slash performs the song’s guitar solo in front of it. It’s also nice that the chapel has a view of the bay. It helps makes the masses and services more solemn.

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    1. I don’t think I have seen a music video of the Guns N’Roses in a couple of decades 😀 i’ll check it out! I like going to church there – a very special feel to it.

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  2. Wow what a gorgeous chapel! I would LOVE to go to Mauritius, it’s on our list for holidays when the children are older, but for now I will look at your photos with envy! Thank you for joining us at #sharingthebloglove

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