Marie Reine de la Paix is an open church located on the Signal mountain with an amazing breathtaking view of Port-Louis.
Tie your shoes and prepare yourself mentally as you have a fair amount of steps for reaching the church not more than 100 steps of walk up the hill. You think it is tiring? Once you reach the top, you’ll see it is totally worth the effort, a very scenic and panoramic view of the Port Louis city awaiting you with such fresh air.
On April 28, 1940, the special Carrara marble statue made by Ferdinando Palla arrived from Italy under the applause of an enthusiastic crowd. The 3 meters of white marble statue at the top represents Mary holding a world globe. When mass is celebrated here it attracts huge number of people from different places.
Pope John Paul II officiated his first Mass here during his visit to the island in 1989. The Monument was inaugurated on the Feast of the Assumption in 1940, and was dedicated to Mary Queen of Peace in thanksgiving for keeping the country safe during World War I. On 09 September 2019, the pope Francis visited Mauritius and preside mass at Marie reine de la paix on the slopes of a mountain overlooking the city. A Large crowd of more than 100 000 followers according to the organizers was gathered in the front of Marie Reine de la Paix. That’s roughly 10% of the entire population of Mauritius.
Benches are scattered all over there, just imagine you are siting on one of them and admiring the gorgeous scenery, Nice right?
If you visit Mauritius, this place is a must! And yes, it is free to visit!