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Things to Do in Port Louis

The capital city of Mauritius serves as the island’s political, economic and cultural hub—and it’s also a great jumping off point for travelers to this small but incredible country. The nation’s colonial past is reflected in the historic French architecture of buildings like the famed Government House, which dates back to the 18th century. Visitors looking to explore these old-world influences can visit the Port Louis Theatre, Champ de Mars Racecourse and the ornate English Saint James Cathedral.

Well-read travelers can wander the city while exploring the sites that inspired famous authors like Marie-Therese Humbert, Robert Edouard-Hart and Khal Torabully, while the Port Louis Theatre offers visitors the chance to relax to the sounds of opera, jazz and classical tunes in one of the nation’s most beautiful buildings.
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Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

Recognized as the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden was built in 1770 and stretches over some 37 hectares of land. The park is known for its massive pond of giant water lilies, while its lush gardens include species like ebony trees and sugar cane that serve as a reminder of the nation’s colonial influences, as well as plants from Central America, Asia and Africa, too. Visitors say that the sheer variety of plant species make the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden worth the visit but most agree that the grounds are in need of a bit of an update.

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