Experience Seychelles at the Dauban Mausoleum

The Dauban Mausoleum strikes an engaging contrast against the foliage of Silhouette a carries with it an interesting history in Seychelles.

Experience Seychelles at The Dauban Mausoleum

 

Secluded, unspoiled, and exquisitely beautiful - the islands of Seychelles are roughly 2 kilometers off the coast of mainland Africa. Consisting of 115 islands scattered like gems across the Indian Ocean, Seychelles has the smallest population of any African nation. Undoubtedly the country's biggest attractions are its pristine beaches -the white sands surrounded by inviting cobalt blue waters and fringed by lush green hills.

 

A good example from the eccentricity in Seychelles in this period is the Mausoleum. It was built after the death of Auguste’s daughter Eva Dauban, born in 1862 and died at the age of 2 in 1864. Later his wife Catherine Dauban, born Kennedy, who died in Nice, France, was buried here as well as her sister Margareth Young. Later when Auguste died in 1906, he was also interred here. There were 4 ornaments surrounding the names, which were taken to Mahe to be cleaned and repaired years ago, but unfortunately they never returned to Silhouette. Today, seven Aldabra tortoises live in front of the mausoleum.

The Dauban Mausoleum is built in a serene and secluded spot of Silhouette amid luxuriant vegetation of mainly coconut trees. This imposing architecture, a special landmark of the island ranks high among the work of its kind in Seychelles.

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One of its most distinct features is a set of six proportionally massive columns which are aligned on the facade and on part of the lateral sides. Besides its appealing structure, the mausoleum gives an insight into a series of social and economic aspects highlighting both the status of the Dauban family and the level of economic prosperity of the island at that time.

 

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