Colonial house converted into a Museum
The créole house Euréka, at Moka, in the centre on the island, is one of the best preserved period residences still in good condition. Its ancient architecture is of a rare beauty, but it is interesting for more than one reason. Today, Euréka reflects the past of Mauritius through the prism of an old aristocratic family. The museum harbours real treasures, such as a collection of antique furniture, old photographs , chinaware, old books, rugs, etc ...
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A visit inside the house takes you back to the Mauritian colonial life style in the past century. All the rooms evoke a feeling of the old days, magnificent furniture with intricate carvings in ebony, mahogany and 'pallissandre'.
"Time seems to stop here. Behind the thick wooden windows which filter the light, the dining room, the music room, Eugène study room where chinaware from 'la compagnie des Indes' ornate the walls evoke a glorious past.." ..~J.M.Leclézio~
Among other well preserved items are the old
bathroom, the bathtub carved in one piece of marble which is unique in Mauritius, the chairs in ebony wood, the finely hand painted chinaware, the canopy bed and the baby craddle.
The old, English colonial-style mansion, also known as the 'house of the 109 doors' is a long, low building dating back to the nineteenth century, which nestles at the foot of a sheltering hill. A verandah runs all the way around the house, which is constructed in timber and painted white. Its gleaming polished floors and its row of shuttered attic windows serve to highlight the french style of the house.
At the rear of the house which is still sometimes called 'grand case', name given by the slaves and the servants, are found the pavillons, modest brick houses, a sheltered garden and an old kitchen with its wooden stoves..