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French Quarter in Pondicherry

Our Lady Of Angels

French Quarter

Facing the Bay of Bengal, this beautiful church on Rue Dumas was built in 1852and is well worth a visit. It features Greco-Roman architecture, and is modelled on la Basilique Notre-Dame-du-Rosairein Lourdes, in the south of...

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Cercle De Pondichéry

French Quarter

Le Cercle de Pondichéry on Rue Victor Simonelis a members-only recreational club which was founded in 1899 for senior French personages. Members of the Cercle can avail of its facilities, which include tennis and badminton...

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Public Works Department

French Quarter

The Public Works Department is a heritage building on Bussy Street admired for its architectural features including high-arched French windows and an iron-wrought balcony.

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Legislative Assembly

French Quarter

Formerly a private residence, this heritage house was converted into the Legislative Assembly in 1962.

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French Consulate

French Quarter

The French Consulate is another heritage site at the corner of Rue de la Marine and Goubert Avenue. All work related with French administration takes place here. Every year on the 14th of July which...

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Romain Rolland Library

French Quarter

Established in 1872 and formerly known as La bibliothèque publique, the Romain Rolland Library is close to the Governor’s Palace on Ananda Rangapillai Street. It houses over 300,000 books in French, English, and Tamil, including some...

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Pondicherry Museum

French Quarter

The Pondicherry Museum on Saint Louis Street boasts a collection of rare bronze and stone sculptures of the Pallava and Chola dynasties, 200 year old beads of glass and precious stones, and Greek and Roman...

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Raj Nivas (Governor’s Palace)

French Quarter

Formerly inhabited by the French Governor Dupleix, the Raj Nivas is now the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. Both Indian and French style architecture have been harmoniously combined in this seventeenth century...

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Statue Of Joan Of Arc

French Quarter

In a garden just across the road from the Eglise de Notre Dame desAnges stands a marble statue of Joan of Arc, the well-known French heroine and Saint.

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Le Café

French Quarter

Le Café is now a restaurant facing the sea on the boulevard attracting tourists and local people alike. Earlier this was a port office when railway ran from the South boulevard to the old iron...

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Old Distillery

French Quarter

The old Distillery is located just where the boulevard begins. Tucked into a corner this run down structure was used as a parking lot for many years before PondyART, a Puducherry based organisation leased it...

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Douane (Customs Office)

French Quarter

The Douane Customs Building was built during the French rule and till today holds memories of the colonial reign. It’s a typical French colonial architecture, now with an Indian flag atop. The architecture with the...

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Dupleix Statue

French Quarter

In recognition of the services of Marquis Joseph Francois Dupleix, who was the Governor of Puducherry between 1742 and 1754 two statues of him were commissioned to be built by the French Government. One of...

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La Mairie (Municipality)

French Quarter

On the beach road, also known as Goubert Avenue is a stylish French building facing the sea. This building reminds you of sea resorts in France. Presently it is used as the Municipality office of...

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French War Memorial

French Quarter

Also on the Beach Road is a French war Memorial in honour of the French soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. The memorial has four tall pillars, two on each side, and...

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Old Lighthouse

French Quarter

Situated on the edge of the sea is the old lighthouse that was built in 1836. The lighthouse was considered to be quite modern for that time with its unique circular structure and square base....

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Gandhi Statue

French Quarter

Standing majestically in the Boulevard of the Rock Beach is the 4 meter tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi facing the statue of Jawahar lal Nehru. The statue is surrounded by eight exquisitely carved monolithic granite...

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Manakula Vinayagar Temple

French Quarter

Not far from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram is Puducherry’s famous Ganesh temple. Predating the arrival of the French in the seventeenth century, this temple is frequented by locals and tourists alike. A major attraction of...

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Sri Aurobindo Ashram

French Quarter

Every year, thousands of visitors from all over the world flock to Puducherry to visit its best-known spiritual centre, the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The Ashram was established in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo, the great Indian...

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Promenade Or Rock Beach

French Quarter

Goubert Avenue runs along the coast of the Bay of Bengal and gives Pondicherry a nearly 2 km stretch of sea front. Popularly known as the Promenade Beach or the Rock Beach, it is a...

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