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Réunion

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Landscape in Cirque Mafate, Réunion
Landscape in Cirque Mafate, Réunion / Simon Bonaventure, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Réunion is one of overseas departments of France. This island is located in the Indian Ocean.

In spite of its small size this island offers rather diverse landmarks. Most impressive landmarks in Réunion are the numerous supertall waterfalls in forest covered, incredibly deep canyons and ravines. Some of the world's tallest waterfalls are located in this small island. This phenomenon is possible due to extreme cliffs and very abundant rainfall.

Very interesting is also the Piton de la Fournaise volcano which sometimes pours its lava directly into Indian Ocean.

Natural landmarks

Cascade Blanche, Réunion
Cascade Blanche / Thierry Caro, / CC BY-SA 3.0

Waterfalls

  • Biberon Falls - 240 m tall waterfall, water for most part slides down along a slope.
  • Bras d'Annette - very tall waterfall.
  • Trou de Fer canyon and waterfalls - several cascades of streams in Trou de Fer - one of most magnificent slot canyons in the world. Total height of Bras de Caverne Falls is 725 m, first step is 210 m high (mostly dry), next - 180 m high and third - 300 m, several smaller steps in between. There are six more very tall waterfalls in the canyon. Lower Bras Mazerin fall is 270 m tall.
  • Cascade Blanche - 640 metres tall waterfall.
  • Chaudron Falls - approximately 500 m tall waterfall.
  • Fleurs Jaunes Falls - unusual waterfall, sliding down along a cliff in narrow channel. Total height - approximately 300 m, tallest drop - approximately 55 m.
  • Grand Galet Falls - group of beautiful waterfalls in south-eastern part of island, 45 m high.
  • Niagara Falls - impressive, approximately 55 m tall waterfall.
  • Takamaka Falls - very tall waterfall with several steps.
  • Voile de la Mariée in Cirque Salazie - group of very tall waterfalls, falling in steps and sliding down the forested cliffs. Height of cliffs here exceeds 800 m.
Formica Leo crater in Piton de la Fournaise, Réunion
Formica Leo crater in Piton de la Fournaise / qdos, / CC BY-SA 2.0

Other natural landmarks

  • Piton de la Fournaise - one of the most active volcanoes in the world, erupted more than 100 times since 1640. Impressive, deep caldera - Enclos Fouqué. Interesting is smaller crater inside - Formica Leo, resembling sand formations by antlions. Flows of basalt lava sometimes reach the ocean.

 

 

Man made landmarks

Churches

  • Notre-Dame des Laves - church of Piton-Sainte-Rose village. Lava flow from nearby Piton de la Fournaise entered the building but stopped without destroying it. Now the entrance is cleared and church is in use again.
  • St. Anne church in Saint-Benoît - very ornate, extravagant church, rebuilt from common, plain church in the 1920s by father Daubemberger.
Grave of Le Sitarane, Réunion
Grave of Le Sitarane / Thierry Caro, / CC BY-SA 3.0

Palaces

  • Lauratet Palace - fine palace in Neo-Classical style, constructed in the late 18th century.
  • Morange Palace - small palace in Neo-Classical style, constructed in the middle of the 19th century.

Other man made landmarks

  • Grave of Le Sitarane - grave of African bandit and sorcerer Le Sitarane, who was sentenced to death in 1911. He killed people to use their body parts in sorcery. Grave today is occasionally used in black magic rituals.
  • Hell-Bourg - beautiful spa-town, developed around hot spring. Located in caldera of volcano, with beautiful sights and lush gardens.
  • Hotel De Ville in St. Denis - majestic building in Neo-Classical style.
  • Jardin de l'État - historical botanical gardens in Saint-Denis, set up in 1767 - 1773. Here is located also natural history museum, which was opened in 1855.
  • Vallée secrète - a secret camp of runaway slaves 2000 m above the sea level, very hard to climb. Built in the 18th century, rediscovered in 1995.

List of described attractions

ArrowTrou de Fer canyon and waterfallsCanyons and ravines, Waterfalls

Map of Réunion

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