Victoria is the capital city of the Seychelles and is situated on the north-eastern side of Mahé island, the archipelago's main island.
The city was first established as the seat of the British colonial government.
Victoria is one of the smallest capital cities in the world and the only major port in the Seychelles. Its courthouse and post office in the center of town have been virtually unchanged since colonial times.
The principal exports of Victoria are vanilla, coconuts, coconut oil, fish and guano.
|POPULATION :||City: 26,450|
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|LANGUAGE :||Creole 91.8%, English 4.9% (official), other 3.3%|
|RELIGION :||Roman Catholic 82.3%, Anglican 6.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.1%, other Christian 3.4%, Hindu 2.1%, Muslim 1.1%, other non-Christian 1.5%, other 2.1%|
|AREA :||20.1 km2 (7.8 sq mi)|
|COORDINATES :||4°37′S 55°27′E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 49% |
• Female: 51%
|ETHNIC :||mixed French, African, Indian, Chinese, and Arab|
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Attractions in the city include a clocktower modelled on that of Vauxhall Clock Tower in London, England, the Courthouse, the Victoria Botanical Gardens and the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market. Victoria Market is the local hotspot for the Seychellois people and the brightly coloured Fish and Fruit Markets are not to be missed.
Also nearby is the gallery of the renowned local artist Georges Camille.
The city is also home to the national stadium and a polytechnic institute, while the inner harbour lies immediately east of the town, around which tuna fishing and canning form a major local industry.
One of the largest bridges in Victoria was destroyed in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
The area that would become Victoria was originally settled in 1778 by French colonists after they claimed the island in 1756, but it wasn't until after the Treaty of Paris of 1814 was signed that the British formally established Victoria and gave it its modern name.
Victoria features a tropical rainforest climate with generally warm to hot temperatures throughout the course of the year.
The capital does have noticeably wetter and drier periods during the year, with June and July being its driest months and December through February being the city's wettest months.
However, since in no month does the average monthly precipitation falls below 60 mm in Victoria, the city does not have a true dry season month. This lack of a true dry season month is a primary reason why the climate falls under the tropical rainforest climate category.
Victoria proper is composed of parts of three Districts of Seychelles:
- English River (La Riviere Anglaise) (the innermost part)
- Saint Louis
- Mont Fleuri
Greater Victoria encompasses these three, and five more:
- Mont Buxton
- Bel Air
- Roche Caiman
- Les Mamelles
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