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Explore Port Victoria - museums and tropical gardens

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor Profile

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Victoria, capital of the Seychelles, named after the famous eponymous queen, is also the only real town on the whole archipelago, with 30,000 inhabitants. Considered the world's smallest capital, there stands the only traffic light of the Seychelles! The market (photo), known as bazaar, built in 1840 and renovated in 1999, is the town's beating heart. There you find tropical items - spices, fish, fruits and vegetables. Around the square stand beautiful Creole houses and the market street, where you can buy all sorts of Seychellois handicraft (photo). Chinese boutiques sell all sorts of trinkets. The town centre is symbolised by the Clock Tower of the Roundabout (photo), a sort of miniature Big Ben built in 1903 in memory of Queen Victoria deceased 2 years earlier, and a miniature replica of the clock of Vauxhall Bridge, in London. This monument was restored in 1999, at the same time as the town market. Further away, at the top of a staircase, the Seychelles' most famous pub, the "Pirate's Arms", is Victoria's main meeting place. You should also visit the cathedral of the Immaculate Conception dating from the 20th century, and the small museum recounting the history of the Seychelles with the help of some traditional objects. Victoria's botanical garden stretches over fifteen acres and gathers some two hundred exotic plant species including the famous coco de mer and the tortoise of Aldabra. The National museum's seashell collections are unmissable. You can visit: the King's garden, a 124 acre domain displaying exotic spices and birds.

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