Saint denis de la reunion
Ile de la Reunion Saint Denis Centre ville, Gopro / Reunion island Saint Denis City center, Gopro2017 per
Saint-Denis is the most populous commune in the French overseas departments. At the census, there were , inhabitants in the metropolitan area of Saint-Denis as defined by INSEE ,  , of whom lived in the city commune of Saint-Denis proper and the remainder in the neighbouring communes of Sainte-Marie and Sainte-Suzanne. The city is located on the north end of the island, and was a port. The population of St Denis has grown substantially since , both in the commune and the metropolitan area. In the 62 years from to the census in , population has more than tripled. The annual rate of population growth has been lower in the 21st century than in the 20th century. The places of birth of the , residents in the Saint-Denis metropolitan area at the census were the following: .
Within the municipality's territory there are sixty or so listed or registered historic monuments! This built heritage is not only exceptional but also wonderfully restored, which is sure to win over lovers of old houses full of historical charm…. Founded in the second half of the 18th century by the French East India Company to use as an acclimatisation garden, this verdant place is ideal for relaxing or taking a break between two tours, with its quiet paths, shaded areas, peaceful ponds and many exotic trees. At the back of the garden stands the old legislative palace, which now houses the Natural History Museum and its rich collection dedicated to the fauna of the West Indian Ocean islands, both current and extinct. Known for its cannon battery facing the Indian Ocean, this historic quarter of the city not only has a lovely sea view but also shaded gardens, a bowling pitch and a children's park. Many concerts and other events take place there all year round, like the Bazarachois, a big street market held every two months - the third Saturday of the month from 7 pm to midnight - or the night market, a sociable event with stands selling local products and other fun activities, taking place on the first Saturday of every month. Offering an abundance of colours and flavours, the "small market" is open every day with its stalls full of local vegetables, exotic fruit, flavoursome spices and colourful flowers.
Night owls don't hold back: discover "Saint-Denis by night"" The trip starts with a game of bowling or an aperitif in one of the bars in the town centre. In terms of restaurants, the capital has something to suit all palettes: of course we have Creole cuisine, but also Indian, Japanese, Moroccan, Lebanese, Vietnamese and even vegetarian! Then, we'll head off to the casino with its 80 slot machines and other games of chance to entertain you before hitting the nightclubs. Are you more into funk or contemporary music? Or do you prefer reggae or electro?
Absolutely unmissable is the beautiful yet disturbing statue of Gereon the Slave that stands defiantly along the waterfront close to the Barachois, holding his severed head in his hands, an ominous red light radiating from within. A signboard recounts the story of the slaves Gereon and Jasmin who were beheaded at this spot in for revolting against the oppressive slavery system. Join them if you must and make sure to visit the Barachois, a beloved meeting place for locals since time immemorial. A dedicated space for petanque exists for those wanting to try their hand at the French game. The friendly sellers from Madagascar are all over the market with their rustic musical instruments, carpets, baskets, and gowns.
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Source: wikiwand. The grander mansions and government buildings have verandas overlooking beautiful, florid gardens, which are a trademark of the island. Source: smilingaroundtheworld. Source: cartedelareunion. Source: flickr. In the centre of town is a botanical garden overflowing with plant life, boasting avenues of palms, a Wallace fountain and water gardens.
It hosts all the important administrative offices, and is also a cultural center with numerous museums. Saint-Denis is also the largest city in all of the French Overseas Departments. -