Top Religious Buildings (Self Guided), Port Louis

Port Louis is a melting pot of different nationalities. There are African, Chinese, Indian and French communities all over the island. This diversity is reflected in the range of religious buildings found in the city. You will see everything from mosques to temples and cathedrals to pagodas. Take this self-guided tour to visit some of the most impressive places of worship in Port Louis.
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Top Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Top Religious Buildings
Guide Location: Mauritius » Port Louis (See other walking tours in Port Louis)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: helenp
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Jummah Mosque
  • Markazi Mosque
  • Saint Louis Cathedral
  • Saint James Cathedral
  • Chapel and Shrine of Marie Reine de la Paix
  • Madurai Amen Koil Temple
  • Saint Peter Anglican Church
Jummah Mosque

1) Jummah Mosque (must see)

The Jummah Masjid is a mosque dating from the 1850s, with substantial additions built through the 1890s. It is located on the Royal Road, and is described by the Ministry of Tourism's guide as the most beautiful religious building in the country. The Jummah Masjid is known to broadcast live the Jummah Prayers every Friday and taraweeh prayers during the month of Ramadan. Eid Prayers are also broadcast live.

The Jummah Mosque incorporates elements of Moorish and Munhal architecture, with its massive columns and imposing arches. In the middle of the open court stands an old Badamia (Indian Almond or Terminalia Cattapa) Tree, which is older than the Mosque itself. In fact, the tree already stood on one of the two original plots of land on Queen Street acquired in 1852. The designers of the Mosque, in drawing up the plans of the building, decided to incorporate the Badamia Tree into the overall structure of the Mosque. The Tree adds a special charm to the austere place, its huge branches providing shade to worshipers in the sweltering heat of Port Louis.

From the towering bulbous domes, glistening white, hung the brilliant glass chandeliers that provided lighting for over fifty years – that is, till the advent of electricity. The beautiful chandeliers can still be seen hanging in the prayer hall though the interior is now lit with fluorescent bulbs. The prayer hall is remarkable for its interior which comprises a subtle blend of Arabic and Indian motifs.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Markazi Mosque

2) Markazi Mosque

The Markazi Mosque is a huge mosque located in the capital of Mauritius. It is less well known than the Jummah Mosque, so you may find it less crowded. Visit this religious building to admire its traditional Muslim architectural style. If you are not Muslim, you will not be able to explore the mosque in its entirety.
Saint Louis Cathedral

3) Saint Louis Cathedral

Saint Louis Cathedral was founded in 1933 and is the most popular religious building on the island of Mauritius. Every week Catholic worshipers gather here to pray. Saint Louis Cathedral was built in the Gothic style and is one of the oldest churches on the island, as a church has existed at this site since 1752.
Saint James Cathedral

4) Saint James Cathedral

Saint James Cathedral is situated near Saint Louis Cathedral and opened in 1850. The church's interior is composed primarily of wood. Inside you will find numerous name plates that commemorate notable Mauritian residents of the past. It has a quiet, relaxing atmosphere, making it an ideal place to pray or gather your thoughts.
Chapel and Shrine of Marie Reine de la Paix

5) Chapel and Shrine of Marie Reine de la Paix

The Chapel and Shrine of Marie Reine de la Paix is situated on a hill at the outskirts of the city. This religious building is very popular not only with the locals, but also with tourists who come to admire the building's modern architecture. The chapel is surrounded by a green area from which you can enjoy a great view of Port Louis.
Madurai Amen Koil Temple

6) Madurai Amen Koil Temple

The Madurai Amen Koil Temple is a Tamil temple in Port Louis. The temple has a bright exterior design that features sculptures of Tamil deities. More than 100,000 people on the island practice this religion, which is essentially a branch of Hinduism.
Saint Peter Anglican Church

7) Saint Peter Anglican Church

Saint Peter Anglican Church is a small church situated at the outskirts of Port Louis. It is tightly connected to the Church of England. Services are held here every Sunday.

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