Martello Tower

Martello Tower


Opening Hours:

 Tuesday : 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

 Wednesday : 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

 Friday : 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

 Saturday : 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

 Monday, Thursday & Sunday : Closed

A Touch of History

Dating back to the era of the English occupation, the Martello Towers were erected in 1815 by the Royal British Engineers. The towers were a replica of those in Cape Mortella, Corsica.  During a battle at the Mortella Bay, the English were impressed by the capability of those fortresses which were manned by the French. The English decided to build the same across colonies to protect the British empire

During the phase of the abolition of slavery, the English regime was concerned about the possibility of the French taking over the island. A total of five towers were built on the west coast of the island so as to protect from any invasion from the sea.

The Martello Tower of La Preneuse simultaneously with that of Saline Pilot was to protect the whole bay of Black River via the usage of crossfires. Though none was ever used, most towers crumbled through the passage of time.

In 1992, the ‘Friends of the Environment’, ‘Raleigh International’ along with the Mauritian Government and other associations contributed to restore the Martello Tower in La Preneuse. A scrutinised search of objects linked to the towers were made and around 800 objects were found.  In 2000, the tower was officially opened as a museum with displays of the weaponry, utensils used, canons, wax statues and the objects discovered. 

The tower gives a glimpse of the history on the island during that era. An important fragment of the Mauritius National Heritage Site, the Martello Tower is an intriguing memorabilia of the island’s history. Guided tours are offered for in-depth knowledge and a souvenir shop to buy memorabilia and books. Standing tall among the casuarina trees, the tower is easily detected.


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