At the bottom sits Champ de Mars. This year, the most ancient racecourse of the southern hemisphere will celebrate its 203 birthday!
Quite an exceptional view point, Fort Adelaïde, also known as ‘La Citadelle’ was built between 1833 and 1835 and fulfilled the purpose of guarding the harbour against enemy attacks and fires that broke in the city. Also a key post to have military control over the town in case of a probable civil unrest.
The building is made up of rough yet huge rectangular blocks that have changed into grayish black color with the passage of time looking now like black volcanic quarried stones.
The walls have echoed the voices of two, very popular French singers, Johnny Hallyday and Patrick Bruel and on several occasions, has lent her décor to theatres and variety shows. An ideal spot for lovers wanting peace and quiet, discretion and a beautiful scenery… she has jealously been guarding the numerous “together forever” she has witnessed!
Opposite, on the far side, towards the west, “Mary Queen of Peace Monument” nestled under the Port Louis range of mountains sheltering Le Pouce and Signal Hill. On the left, Plaine Verte, an urban agglomeration, unable to boast any patch of green except for its name! From this vintage point, you will find old buildings standing in juxtaposition to the modern skyscrapers. If Adélaïde, the wife of William II, came back, what would she think of this 21st century panorama?