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Top 10 Places To Visit In Victoria

Victoria, Seychelles

Victoria, on Mahé Island, is the capital city of the Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Seychelles National Botanical Gardens showcases endemic palms and orchids, as well as giant tortoises and fruit bats. The colorful Sir Selwyn Clarke Market sells spices, fruit, art, and souvenirs. Near the Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is the imposing La Domus, built in 1934 to house Catholic missionaries.

Victoria is a tiny, town and you can easily take a walk in the streets. However, there are several transport options available. There are bus services which are cheap and satisfy the daily requirements of the locals.

The city is beautifully designed and painted with colorful facades, balustrades, and shutters. While you take a walk through the city, your mind and soul will surely get scented with the smell of aromatic spices. The city gets busier during the morning at 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM as this is the time when people come out and do shopping.

Here are the Top 10 Places to Visit in Victoria, which are worth visiting on a Victoria trip:

1. Victoria Botanical Garden

Also known as Mont Fleuri Botanical Garden, the garden was established in 1901. The director of the agriculture service, Mr. Paul Evenor Rivalz Dupont found this garden. At present, the Ministry of Environment is taking care of this garden. There are more than 500 species of indigenous and exotic plants. The botanical garden also has several fishes, reptiles, amphibians, insects, mammals, and caves.

2. Sir Selwyn Clarke Market

Sir Percy Selwyn Clarke was governor of Seychelles and also the director of medical services of Hong Kong. Several buildings have been named after him for his honor. The main fish and fruit market is also named in his honor. The market is crowded on Sundays. You will also find shops where you can buy clothes and artwork.

3. Sri Navasakthi Vinyagar Temple

There is a Hindu temple in Victoria famous for its eye-catching and colorful decoration. There is a small Indian community in the city which worships there.

4. Natural History Museum

A must-visit place in the city, this museum is a fascinating place, especially for people who love to explore nature. You will get to know a lot of things about the island including the flora, fauna, and geology.

5. Bicentennial Monument

At the eastern end of Independence Avenue, you will find this statue which is located at Freedom Square. Having three white wings, this magnificent statue was built to honor Victori's 200th anniversary by Italian artist Lorenzo Appiani. The three wings represent three different continents in Seychelles, i.e. Asia, Africa, and Europe.

6. Clock Tower

The oldest historic and most popular structure of the island nation, the clock tower is a replica of the Clock Tower London. It was the original idea of Ernest Sweet Escott. A memorial to Queen Victoria, its inauguration took place on April 1, 1903. Several workers from Madras worked hard and the erection was completed in 9 days.

7. Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalifa Mosque

With a glistening gold dome, Sheikh Mohamed bin Khalifa mosque in Victoria serves its Islamic community. Tucked away from the main city, it makes for a pleasant visit. The mosque currently can hold around 600 male and female worshippers, being busiest during Friday prayers.

8. Coco de Mer

Coco de Mer is a forbidden fruit that grows in Victoria and it is very much popular for its large size. Heading over to this place and wandering about what to do in Seychelles, then you will get a chance to explore the butt-shaped nut whose existence dates back to the 18th century. The alluring palm trees give a feeling of relaxation and rejuvenation during your visit.

9. St. Paul's Cathedral

Opposite the Clock Tower, is the largest and oldest Anglican Church in the nation, on Revolution Avenue. In 1859, the first Anglican Bishop of Mauritius consecrated this church. There are 800 seats. One can visit the church with no entry fee.

10. National Library Building

Do you love reading or want to dig out the history, culture, and geography of Seychelles? Head to Francis Rachel Street/4th June Avenue. The modern library is a beautiful building. This AC library is open to the public since 1995. The opening time is Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM and on Saturday, from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM. There are no admission charges.

Besides this, there is much more to explore in Victoria!!!

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