A Tour of Seychelles Statues and Sculptures

Liberty Monument, Victoria, Mahe.
Liberty Monument, Victoria, Mahe. | ©Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency

There are numerous statues and sculptures dotted around Victoria, the capital city of Seychelles. The earliest dates back to 1900, with the most recent being unveiled in 2014. Representations from Queen Victoria, to the history of the Seychelles ‘melting pot culture’, there is a whole variety of statues and sculptures to see when you are visiting Victoria.

1. Clock Tower

Memorial, Historical Landmark, Architectural Landmark

Victoria Clock Tower. Seychelles
©Bjørn Christian Tørrissen/Wikipedia
Standing 25 feet high in the centre of Victoria is the Clock Tower, known locally as Lorloz. It is undoubtedly the most famous monument in Seychelles. It was officially inaugurated in 1903 as a memorial of Queen Victoria after her death in 1901. A first glance will tell you that Lorloz is a ‘mini Big Ben’. It is infact, a copy of a copy! The Seychelles clocktower is a copy of the Vauxhall Clocktower in London, which is in turn a copy of the original Big Ben.

Originally black, the clock tower was painted with an aluminium coating in 1935 to mark the Silver Jubilee of King George V.

The clock tower was always meant to have chimed, but it never did as the part that was supposed to strike the bell never worked. That is, until 1999, when the clock underwent a major renovation which also included installing electric mechanisms.

Liberation Monument

A controversial monument to say the least. Known locally as Zonm Lib (Free Man), it has always been met with mixed emotions. It was installed in 1978 to commemorate the ‘Liberation Day‘ of June 5 1977. Liberation day is the day that the Coup d’etat by the then Prime Minister France Albert René removed the first President of Seychelles, James Manchem. Three deaths were officially recorded from the coup, and this is the reason that the statue is controversial. One of the deaths was a supporter of the coup, the other 2 were not. Therefore some people feel that the statue represents division.

The Liberation monument was surrounded in controversy again in 2014, when it was announced that it would be moved to make way for a new monument, the Liberty monument (see below). It has been moved to ruling party Parti Lepep’s premises, just 150m away from its original location.

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