Does the island have an emblem?
Every country has its attractions but what about an emblem?
France? - The Eiffel Tower.
England? - Big Ben.
Italy? - The Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Colosseum?
Greece? - The Acropolis of Athens.
What about outside of Europe?
China? - The Wall of China.
America? - The Statue of Liberty.
It’s easy for countries to say what their emblem is. It is a distinguishing feature which characterises the country, and equally reflects the history.
Does this apply to Mauritius too?
In Mauritius, this isn't an easy question to answer; what is the emblem of Mauritius?
This is probably due to the fact that the history of Mauritius is somewhat more complex and it doesn’t just relate to one conquest. First, Mauritius was conquered by the Portuguese, then the Dutch, the French and then the English...today more than 3 languages are spoken here and several world religions live on the 2,040km2 small, or large (depending on who you ask), island. The emblems are as diverse as the country, the people and the history. And emblems aren’t the same as attractions...emblems are somewhat more meaningful here.
One emblem is definitely the DODO. The Dodo is a bird that lived a few thousand years ago and is now extinct. It lived on the islands in the Indian Ocean. You’ll find figures of the flightless bird (which measures just under 1 m tall) in souvenir shops, displayed as window decorations or as a statue. Researchers suspect that the dodo became extinct because pets ate the dodo eggs. Today the dodo is seen in films such as Alice in Wonderland.
Nowadays, the Dodo is still very popular and represents the island of Mauritius.
The blue- and red Mauritius is proof of what rumours can cause.
Those who find such a stamp, which is as likely as winning the lottery twice, are set for life. The Mauritius administration decided to introduce their own stamps during the 19th century. The blue stamps were intended for overseas post and the red stamps were used for local post on the island. After a year the design on the stamps was changed, which, after a short time brought about discussions on how unique the first stamps were as they'd only been in circulation for a year and, therefore, they possessed a certain value. Due to this rumour a higher value was attributed to the first series of stamps. Today there is even a museum where you can see these stamps. As the blue stamp was intended for overseas post, and therefore cost more, it is even more valuable.
The church in Capmalheureux is an unmistakable emblem of North Mauritius. The small building is located right on the coast with a striking red roof. The scenery completes it: turquoise water, the view over the islands of Coin de Mire, Île Plate, Îlot Gabriel, Île Ronde and Île aux Serpents, the serenity which radiates from the place and the fishermen...this church is so unique that it could be described as an emblem.
Chamarel is a very special place. It is located in the south-west of Mauritius and is characteristic of the island and its uniqueness. There is not only the Black River Gorge national park and the Chamarel waterfalls, but also the Seven Coloured Earth. This natural phenomenon is of volcanic origin and can only be found on this small island in the Indian Ocean: Mauritius.