Welcome to the national monuments of Seychelles

A nation learns its history from its monuments, for they are permanent reminders of the past. Seychelles monuments are distinguished either for their historical importance or scientific interest, or because they are aesthetic symbols that celebrate the social, political, cultural and economic achievements of the Seychelles Nation.

Beauvoir Cemetery

Officially opened in April 1883 for the burial of Catholic missionaries, this small cemetery has now some one hundred tombs, the oldest being that of a Sister who was buried in 1873. One of the most prominent graves is that of Father Théophile, whose death, at the age of 29 in April 1925, remains a mystery.

Bel Air Cemetery

The Bel Air Cemetery was the first official burial ground to be opened on Mahé, soon after the establishment of the French settlement in the late 18th century. Enigmatic figure whose bones are said to lie here was a Frenchman called Pierre-Louis Poiret, who claimed to be the son of the ill-fated Louis XVI. Jean-Baptiste d’Argent, son-in-law of Quéau de Quinssy. Jean-François Hodoul was successful corsair who settled in Seychelles after making his fortune. He built two houses, Château Mamelles and Ma Constance.

Bicentennial Monument

The Bicentennial monument, referred to in creole as the Moniman trwa lezel was erected in 1978 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the town of Victoria

Botanical Garden

A delightful variety of flowering plants and ferns, the gardens, which cover an area of approximately fifteen acres, contain several species of Seychelles endemic plants: latanier feuille, latanier hauban, bois sandal, vacoa marron… There have been several attempts to make an endemic corner.

Cascade Catholic Church

St. Andrew’s Church of Cascade makes a picturesque landmark for those approaching from the sea. It is acknowledged by all as one of the finest jewels in the crown of the Catholic Church in Seychelles.

Chateau Mamelles

The fact that this was once the home of Seychelles’ most famous corsair, Jean-François Hodoul, gives it a special significance. Built in 1804 at Les Mamelles, to the south of Victoria, it is a magnificent plantation house, thought to be among the oldest homes in Seychelles.

Diamond Jubilee Fountain

Since Seychelles was once a British Crown colony (1811-1976) it is not surprising that there is a National Monument that pays tribute to Queen Victoria. This is the Diamond Jubilee fountain, which is situated on Independence Avenue in front of the Supreme Court building in Victoria.

Freedom Square

Situated in the very heart of Victoria and believed to have been formed by the landslide of 1862, Freedom Square, formerly known as Gordon Square reflects the spirit of Seychellois solidarity and nationhood. During the protracted struggle for Independence (1964-1976), Freedom Square was the main rallying point for political meetings and demonstrations. It can be assumed that most of the wrathful cries of “Freedom” emanated from this particular part of Victoria.

Kenwyn House

Probably one of the noblest examples of Creole architecture, this splendid home is at Françis Rachel street, directly opposite the National Library building in Victoria. Built late 1800, now being used as a jewellery boutique.

La Bastille

La Bastille was built in 1930s by Mr. Ange Pillieron. Because of the imposing height and brooding impregnability, the inhabitants of Mahé felt that the name La Bastille agreed with the character of the building. Today La Bastille is appropriately occupied by the National Heritage division of the Ministry of Culture and Information. In the grounds there is a valuable medicinal plant garden, the Jardin La Bastille, which is of interest to herbalists from the Indian Ocean. For many of the locals it is a haunted place.

Other national monuments include:

  • La Domus
  • La Plaine Saint Andre
  • Les Palmes Theatre
  • Liberation Monument
  • Maison Blanche or White House
  • Maison du Peuple
  • Mission Ruins
  • Nageon's House
  • Old Government Secretariat
  • Pierre Poivre Bust
  • ST Paul's Anglican Cathedral
  • Sans Souci House or "1776"
  • SPUP/SPPF Museum
  • State House
  • State House Cemetery
  • Supreme Court Building
  • Victoria Clocktower
  • Anse Boudin Church
  • Baie STE Anne Church
  • Granite Boulder (La Digue Island)
  • La Digue Catholic Church
  • Plantation House (La Digue Island)
  • Doctor's House (Curieuse Island)
  • Plantation House (Silhouette Island)
  • Plantation House (Farquhar Island)
  • Gordon square (after General Charles Gordon of Khartoum)

For more information on these monuments or any other monuments, please contact the National Heritage on +248 321333.

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