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Victoria
Location of Victoria on Mahé Island
Country Seychelles
Island Mahé
Population (2002)
 - City 24,970
 - Metro 72,000
Port Victoria
Victoria's centrally located clock tower

Victoria (sometimes called Port Victoria) is the capital city of the Republic of Seychelles ( smallest African capital ) and is situated on the north-eastern side of Mahé island, which is the main island of the archipelago. The city was first established as the seat of the British colonial government. As of 2009, the population is 25,000 (for Greater Victoria, which includes the suburbs(, out of the population of 84 000. Victoria is served by Seychelles International Airport (completed in 1971.)

The principal exports of Victoria are vanilla, coconuts, coconut oil, tortoise shell, soap, and guano.

Attractions in the city include a clocktower modelled on that of Vauxhall Clock Tower in London, England, the Courthouse, the Victoria Botanical Gardens, the Victoria National Museum of History, the Victoria Natural History Museum and the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market. 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.

Victoria proper is composed parts of three Districts of Seychelles:

  1. English River (La Riviere Anglaise) (the innermost part)
  2. Saint Louis
  3. Mont Fleuri

Greater Victoria encompasses these three, and five more of the 25 Districts of Seychelles as follows:

  1. Mont Buxton
  2. Bel Air
  3. Roche Caiman
  4. Les Mamelles
  5. Plaisance

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Coordinates: 4°37′00″S 55°27′00″E / 4.6167°S 55.4500°E / -4.6167; 55.4500

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Simple English

Victoria
Port Victoria
Nickname(s): Port Victoria
Location of Victoria
Coordinates: 4°40′S 55°28′E / 4.667°S 55.467°E / -4.667; 55.467
Country Seychelles
Island Mahé
Population (2002)
 - Total 24,970
Time zone SCT (UTC+4)

Victoria (sometimes called Port Victoria) is the capital city of the Republic of Seychelles. It is located on the north-eastern side of Mahé island, which the main island of the archipelago. The city was first created as the capital of the British colonial government. Victoria has a population of 24,970 people (2002). About one third of the population of the Seychelles lives in the city. Victoria is served by the Seychelles International Airport

The main exports of Victoria are vanilla, coconuts, coconut oil, corn, tortoise shell, soap, and guano. The harbour is a short distance east of the town. Tuna fishing and canning are a major local industry.

Things to see

[[File:|thumb|left|Victoria's centrally located clock tower]] Things to see in the city include a clocktower built similar to Little Ben in London, England. It is a small version of Big Ben. Other things include the Courthouse, the Victoria Botanical Gardens, the Victoria National Museum of History, the Victoria Natural History Museum and the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market.


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