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La Ville-Lumière
The view from Trou aux Cerfs, one of the highest points in Curepipe.
The view from Trou aux Cerfs, one of the highest points in Curepipe.
Official seal of Curepipe
Motto: "Ecselsus Spelendeo" (Latin)
(Meaning "Exalted Shine" in English)
Curepipe is located in Mauritius
Municipal Council location
Coordinates: 20°19′7.59″S 57°31′34.66″E / 20.3187750°S 57.5262944°E / -20.3187750; 57.5262944Coordinates: 20°19′7.59″S 57°31′34.66″E / 20.3187750°S 57.5262944°E / -20.3187750; 57.5262944
Country Mauritius Mauritius
Districts Plaines Wilhems
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Mario Bienvenu Désiré
 • Deputy Mayor Varmah Kamla Devi
 • Total 24 km2 (9 sq mi)
Elevation 561 m (1,841 ft)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Total 85,049
 • Rank 5th in Mauritius
 • Density 3,207.9/km2 (8,308/sq mi)
Time zone MUT (UTC+4)
ISO 3166 code MU-CU
Website Municipal Council

Curepipe (French: La Ville-Lumière) is a town in Mauritius, located in the Plaines Wilhems District, the eastern part also lies in the Moka District. The town is administered by the Municipal Council of Curepipe. Curepipe lies at a higher elevation, often referred to as the "Central Plateau". According to the census made by Statistics Mauritius in 2012, the population of the town was at 85,049.[2]


The town's name, Curepipe, is said to be originated from the French curer sa pipe, which translates to "cleaning the pipe". There are several theories by historians as to the naming of the city. Some historians believe that the name was given as travelers and soldiers from the 19th century, traveled from Port Louis and Grand Port (now Mahébourg) to refill their pipes in Curepipe. Other historians believe that the name was given after a late landowner during the 18th century.[3]


The town officially covers an area of 23.8 square kilometres (9.2 sq mi). It is located in the Plaine Wilhems district on the central plateau of Mauritius at an altitude of 561 meters. Of the larger towns of the island's central plateau, Curepipe is the most southern and also the highest. As a consequence of its height, Curepipe is known for its relatively cool and rainy climate.[4]

The town's historic town hall, "Hotel de Ville". The whole building was moved to Curepipe in 1903, from Moka in the north.


Curepipe is managed by a council, which is democratically elected by its citizens. The council is headed by the Mayor and is principally responsible for local policy making. The current Mayor is Mario Désiré Bienvenu (elected December 2012), a former boxing world champion (Boxe Francaise Savate, 2002). The town's administration on the other hand is responsible for the implementation of these policies as well as the day-to-day management of the council's activities. The current administrative head is Mr Vineshsing Seeparsad, who joined the local government in March 2011.[5][6]

Curepipe's historic town hall was actually originally situated in Moka, and the whole building was moved to Curepipe in 1903.[7]

For the general elections the town is classified as the No 17 constituency known as Curepipe and Midlands.


The town's population of 84,967 are composed primarily of Mauritians of South Asian and Creole descent.

The primary spoken language is Mauritian Creole, though French predominates in more formal situations. The council's official language is English. Other spoken minority languages include Bhojpuri, Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Mandarin and Hakka Chinese.

The predominant religions are:

  • Hinduism - 50%
  • Catholicism - 35%
  • Islam - 10%
  • Chinese religions - 5%

Economic activities[edit]

The town hosts several textile factories, a diamond processing industry and a range of jewelry businesses. In addition, handicraft shops, restaurants and shopping centres add to the commercial mix of the town.

The relatively affluent suburbs are also home to a great deal of business activity, and the head office of the Beachcomber Group of Hotels is located in Curepipe.

A forested Curepipe public garden.

Sustainable development[edit]

The town council is acutely aware of the need to bring principles of sustainability into the town's economic development. Prominent projects include the segregation of waste, judicious use of water, parking problems, the encouraging of public transport, the promotion of the SSR Curepipe Botanic Gardens and working towards minimizing the town's carbon footprint. In 2011 the town joined ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.

Recently, the council embarked on a project nicknamed "For a Greener Curepipe" in collaboration with Gender Links Mauritius, in order to spur the growing environmental interest of Curepipe's citizens. Tree planting, backyard composting and food growing was encouraged, and a range of community organisations from schools to women's groups were involved.

Sensitization programmes are also underway in collaboration with the Central Water Authority of Mauritius, towards encouraging a more judicious management of the town's water resources.[8]

The view down into Trou aux Cerfs crater.
The gardens of Domaine des Aubineaux House.

Visitor attractions[edit]


Curepipe is home to many schools and tertiary institutions. Some of them include Curepipe College, Mauritius College, St. Joseph's College, Loreto College Curepipe and the Royal College Curepipe (see List of secondary schools).


The town is home to the Stade George V, the team of the town is the Curepipe Starlight SC, it currently plays in the National First Division for the 2012–2013 season.


The town of Curepipe is divided into different regions.[9][10]

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Curepipe is twinned with:

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b Ministry of Finance & Economic Development (2012). ANNUAL DIGEST OF STATISTICS 2012. 31 December. Government of Mauritius. p. 22. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  3. ^ (French) Les origines de la ville de Curepipe. Le Defimedia. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  4. ^ History of Curepipe
  5. ^ History of Municipal Council of Curepipe
  6. ^ Actual Mayor and Deputy
  7. ^ "Curepipe" Mauritius Things to Do Tip by bijo69
  8. ^ Building Permits: Curepipe Promotes the Collection of Rainwater
  9. ^ Ministry of Local Government and Outer Islands. Local Government Act 2011. Government of Mauritius. pp. 768–770. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  10. ^ (French) Municipales et villageoises : les 6 principaux changements. Le Defimedia. Retrieved 14 December 2012.