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Churches in Mauritius

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4 churches in Mauritius

Churches in Flic en Flac
The Natural Chapel of the Conception Immaculee
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Not on any map or in any travel guide, not even on the internet. It appears suddenly in the middle of a farm next to the road. You pass it and see something ... turn around with the car and now you see a little more. You stop on the side on the road, as there is no parking and you get closer. It seems to be one of those compositions that they put on Bethlehem on Christmas, this tiny cave that is put into a corner and it looks fake, made of cork .. The geology of the Earth allows the impossible to be possible, which can be a lava bubble up to the surface that explodes. Faith does the rest. A walker sees some light, others a diffuse into the rock, a request and a response and in a moment we have a chapel. What catches attention is the candor and innocence with which the images are composed, simple, as made by children. An altar of artificial flowers, figurines and candles, and a stone floor and earth, as it should be at first Fatima or Lourdes, or any of the Marian apparition places around the world. It makes you want to stay there and enjoy that innocence, unadorned faith that seems to be present in so few places. But we had to go our way, and we still think that we received a signal...
Churches in Bel Air
Our Lady of Good Help, Trou D'eau Douce
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This church is close to where we live which means, of course, that you never find time to visit it. That's what happened to us, we only used it as the milestone to not get lost and get home when returning from trips. So, one day, we decided to visit. The European influence is huge as you can see, at least on the outside, in the use of stone and the design of the facade. Inside is another thing. The ceiling beams are very Mauritian, as we have seen in other temples, with many stained glass windows. I was also struck by the relative simplicity in terms of the number of images of saints, it was not overloaded. The prayers were dedicated to a parishioner at the back of the church, who was in a fully religious trance, rocking forward and backwards. It's their way of understanding religion, inherited from their Mozambican ancestors. The church is surrounded by a park and the flowers are in stark contrast with the cold gray stone of the church making it much warmer.
Churches in Grand Baie
Grand Baie Catholic Church
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It seemed like we were in Tahiti, Hawaii or New Zealand, not your typical church model one expects to find in South Africa but, as in Mauritius, the mixture of races, beliefs and styles is so brutal that you just end up getting used to finding curiosities along the way. The view outside the church is of a huge bay, impossible blue waters, boats and catamarans, all surrounded by trees and vegetation. Inside the church, barely twenty years old, large, is fresh and bright and we find several details. A simple altar, unpretentious, like the people of the island, there are no pictures, animistic syncretism does not need them. But best of all is the Via Crucis, innocent and naive painting prototype, heiress of Paul Gauguin or Picasso, all of that as you look, like the stained glass windows, market color, Mauritian nature. The church is unique, on an island in the middle of the sugar cane plantations it rise like the tower of a Gothic church (like we were in York or Oxford). A good mix.
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