PORT LOUIS - MAURITIUS
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Port Louis
Country:
Mauritius
Island:
Mauritius
Official languages:
English - French - M. Creole
Time zone:
MUT (UTC+4)
Dialing code:
+230
Currency:
Mauritian rupee (₨) (MUR)
Port Louis is the capital city of Mauritius, located in the Port Louis District, the western part also lies in the Black River District. The city is the country's economic, cultural, political centre and most populous city, it is administered by the Municipal City Council of Port Louis. According to the census made by Statistics Mauritius in 2012, the population was at 148,001.
The city is full of numerous buildings and monuments that reflect its rich and diverse colonial history. Near the city center, there are several French colonial buildings that date to the 18th century, including Government House. Other prominent traditional elements include the Jummah Mosque, the majestic English Saint James Cathedral, the Indian Tamil Temple, the elegant five-tier colonial Port Louis Theatre (Théâtre de Port-Louis), the Champ de Mars Racecourse, and the nearby Chinese Pagoda. Also present are some typical houses from past eras, which are mostly wooden structures with shuttered windows and large porches. However, most homes and commercial structures are now constructed from more durable materials such as concrete, and the city now includes many glass/concrete high-rises.
There are several interesting museums in Port Louis: Blue Penny Museum, Natural History Museum, Mauritius Postal Museum, Mauritius Photography Museum, China Heritage Museum, Aapravasi Ghat, National Library of Mauritius.
Part of the description above is taken from the Wikipedia article Port Louis with patent CC-BY-SA. The full list of those who have contributed to the drafting of the article is available here.