"Visit Mahé's Capital - Victoria" Mahé Things to Do Tip by ranger49

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Said to be the smallest Capital in the world and Capital of the largest island in the Seychelles Group, it is named after Queen Victoria.
There are echoes of colonial architecture to be seen here - on a small scale.
You will hear English, French and Seychellois spoken reflecting both the original French colonisers of the Islands and the British who seized possession during the Napoleonic wars. An independent colony since 1903, an independent Republic since 1976 Victoria is the seat of givernment and administration.
A short walk of less than 10 minutes or so took us from our ship to the centre of the Capital where the clock tower can be seen. Often described as a mini-Big Ben the tower was in fact a replica of the clock erected in London in 1897 at the junction of Victoria Street and Vauxhall Bridge Road.
Though I must say, it looked remarkably like a miniature Big Ben!

We had not realised that we were visiting on World Aids Day so were suprised to see the Clock Tower, when we passed by the second time, decorated with the universal symbolic red ribbons of the Aids campaign. A theme that was repeated through the shopping centre.

It is an attractively laid out little city and had an air of relaxed bustle. Nobody seemed in too much of a hurry but were getting on with the shopping, stopping to chat or just watch the traffic and people passing by.
There seemed to be a good selection of shops and cafes -but we were heading for the Market!

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  • Updated Sep 15, 2011
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