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#12 of 35 Places To Visit in Mauritius
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Maison Eureka, Montagne Ory, Moka.
entry fee
MUR 410
per person for adults
MUR 245
per person for children (3 to 12 years)
visit duration
3 to 4 hours

about maison eureka

Right at the heart of Mauritius, in Moka, lies the Maison Eureka, or the La Maison Creole, a colonial property. The ownership has always been a troubled inertia between different colonial empires, mostly to do with reasons of trade and politics alike. The ideal locale for a session  to unwind, it provides ample scope to a history buff to revisit a chunk of colonial legacy that the island nation’s ‘Creole’ identity is associated with.


Perhaps one of the largest houses in the island, it has 109 windows and doors. It was built in 1830 by a noted British, Mr. Carr, primarily for the sake of convenience of location for political purposes. The house has ever since been in the mainframe of being constantly passed on to subsequent generations of French and British empires from time to time.    


The house was converted into a museum in 1986 and consists of an array of lithographs, antiques and photographs from the period of the reign of the aristocracy. Primarily made of wood, the interiors are understated, yet reflect the pomposity of the colonisers, which once had the signature charm of a bejewelled mansion. It opens up into a large verandah which houses typical plant species and waterfalls which further open out to English-style gardens.


Beautiful gardens are lined up thereafter and one is exposed to a plethora of artwork, maps, music and other cultural influences that spill into vivid Mauritian culinary experiences for those willing to take the experience to another level.     

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