Government House and the “Bat Trees”, Suva

Government House and the “Bat Trees”, Suva

The Presidential Palace, commonly known as Government House, may not rival the grandeur of Buckingham Palace, but it stands as a significant icon in the city. Originally constructed in 1882, the palace underwent a reconstruction in 1928 after being struck by lightning in 1921. Reflecting the Georgian revival architectural style, Government House exhibits classic features such as symmetry and elegance.

The structural elements include verandas, Regency-style porticoes, pediments, decorative ornaments, parapets, and arched balconies. Influences from the Regency era are evident in the use of recesses around windows, creating shadows and dividing the facade into panels. Stucco serves as an exterior wall finish, contributing to the overall aesthetic. The roofs boast side-facing gables with eaves, completing the timeless charm of this historic residence.

Guarded by Fijian soldiers adorned in starched white sulus (sarongs) and red tunics, the residence serves as the official abode of Fiji's president. A lone guard stationed at the palace entrance undergoes a monthly exchange of duty, adding to the ceremonial nature of the surroundings.

Adjacent to Government House lies a natural spectacle known as the "Bat Trees." Positioned on the palace premises and visible from the road, these trees come to life at dusk when scores of fruit bats emerge. Parking on the seawalk side of the street, approximately 200 meters from the sentry, provides an ideal vantage point to witness these large, noisy creatures.

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Sight Name: Government House and the “Bat Trees”
Sight Location: Suva, Fiji (See walking tours in Suva)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Located on the southeast coast of Viti Levu, the main island of the Republic of Fiji, Suva is the country's largest metropolitan area and primary port. Serving as the nation's political, economic, and cultural hub, it also holds significance as the economic and cultural capital of the South Pacific.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles