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Get a feel for shape and size of Victoria by viewing our Interactive Map of Victoria and take a truly informative Virtual Tour of Victoria where you can see the sites, feel the warmth and hear local sounds.

Being at a pivotal position in the Indian Ocean many diverse cultural backgrounds have merged over the centuries to create a warm, friendly and unique blend of humanity in the Republic of Seychelles. Of the Republics 80,400 population nearly 90% live on the island of Mahé with approximately 20,000 of them living either in or close by Victoria.

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Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles - History and Culture

A settlement was established on the present site during the early / mid 18th century and was under French colonial rule until 1811 when the Seychelles passed into British hands. The city is consequently a wonderful mixture of French, British colonial and modern styles. Add to this the infusion of Chinese and Indian cultures and you have a culturally diverse, exciting and vibrant working city. Seychelles and Victoria are predominantly Catholic and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception dominates the town.

Although physically small by world wide comparison, Victoria nevertheless has all the essential ingredients that you would expect to find in a nations capital city - shopping, banking, cathedrals, a mosque, Hindu temple, national library and gallery plus of course sports stadia and many "interesting" local retail establishments. Hotels in Victoria are scarce as most visitors tend to opt for beach holidays in Seychelles, there is however one particularly superb "urban" property, Villa Ma Josephine, set refreshingly high on the hills overlooking Victoria.

At the centre of Victoria is the Victoria Clock Tower erected in memory of Queen Victoria, around which revolves both the social and commercial life of Victoria with numerous bars and restaurants particularly in Albert Street.

Whilst offering a rich diversity of culture Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, is easily covered on foot. The Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market Place? which is open every day except Sunday is a daily focal place for both locals and visitors alike where fresh fruit, vegetables, spices and fish are readily available.

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