Mauritius: An architecture steeped in history

Mauritius: An architecture steeped in history

By Lisa Vial

Mauritius is known for its cultural richness and diversity. In terms of architecture, it creates a fabulous bridge between captivating traditions and prestigious modernity. Its natural materials, such as wood or stone, are delicately combined with contemporary materials, for a result that is close to perfection. BARNES Mauritius offers you exceptional properties that perfectly illustrate this architectural and decorative blend, accompanied by a relaxing aura, a Mauritian Art de Vivre.

Now think of Mauritius... You will probably imagine beach houses with tropical influences, drawn from the ancient African and Asian traditions that have strongly influenced this small paradisiac island, plunged into the middle of the Indian Ocean. But Mauritius is never at the end of its varieties, always boasting a thousand shades, a thousand discrepancies. Luxury and exotic character are not the only frames.

Mauritian châteaux

The island's heritage is as immense as it is grandiose. So do not be surprised to cross the path of many chateaux in the Tropics. Far from resembling the medieval castles you could visit in France or England, Mauritian chateaux also differ greatly from the common sense of the imagined tropical architecture. These large and beautiful so-called "colonial" houses were built mainly in the heights of the island, as early as the 18th century. Enter the preserved rooms of the Domaine des Aubineaux, built in 1872 in Curepipe. Discover the Château de Réduit built in 1748, with a wonderful garden in Moka. Moka, known as the Centre of Mauritius, is also home to the magnificent Eureka House, built in 1830 near a charming river, offering a large number of antiques to discover.


Creole architecture

So, what does a colonial house, or Creole château, look like? Each of these residences has a common base, they are designed under the same architectural plan. But all of them are also unique. The traditional house is recognizable, but it evolves in all its details with the architectural trends and the arrival of different ethnic groups over the centuries. With influences from India, France, East Africa or England, the Creole residence reflects the rich history of Mauritius. These accommodations are perfectly adapted to the changing climate of the tropical island. With regards to their common features, colonial houses are on one level and benefit from beautiful balustrades, romantic floral gardens and a large covered varangue. The latter, now a symbol of Mauritian living, is a place of dreams and infinite discussions, given under a shaded, serene and ideal freshness.

Vacoas-Phoenix is one of the country's main cities, located in the Centre of the island, between Quatre Bornes and Curepipe. The city is home to a traditional house, drawing its luxury and prestige from the traces of its history. For sale in Vacoas, this exceptional property offers 4 spacious bedrooms, an independent studio and a luxuriant garden.

Please contact BARNES Mauritius for more information.

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