Museum in St-Denis

Musée Léon Dierx

Housed in the former bishop's palace, built in 1845, this museum hosts Réunion's most important collection of modern art. The more high-profile works may include paintings, sculptures and ceramics by Rousseau,...

Mosque in St-Denis

Mosquée Noor E Islam

One of St-Denis' most iconic buildings, the Grande Mosquée dominates the centre with its tall minaret. Its cool white-and-green interior is a haven of peace. The Islamic community in St-Denis is very traditional,...

Museum in St-Denis

Maison Carrère

This meticulously restored mansion dating from the 1820s is a beautiful example of Creole architecture, with its elaborate veranda and intricate lambrequins (filigree-style decoration) on the front of the eaves....

Waterfront in St-Denis

Le Barachois

This seafront park, lined by cannons facing out to sea, is a good place to catch the sea breeze in St-Denis. It has an area set aside for pétanque (a game similar to bowls), cafes and a monument to the...

Gardens in St-Denis

Jardin de l'État

Created in 1763, the attractive Jardin de l'État, at the southern end of Rue de Paris, is a good place to recharge the batteries and be introduced to a variety of tropical plants and trees. The Musée d'Histoire...

Church in St-Denis

Cathédrale de St-Denis

Ambling down Ave de la Victoire, you'll come across the Tuscan-style Cathédrale de St-Denis, which was constructed between 1829 and 1832. As a cathedral this is a disappointment, since it looks more like a small...

Historic Building in St-Denis

Maison Deramond-Barre

This colonial structure dating from the 1830s was the family home of former French prime minister Raymond Barre and the birthplace of the poet and painter Léon Dierx. It's well worth a peek for its well-preserved...

Historic Building in St-Denis

Former Hôtel de Ville

Many consider the neoclassical Former Hôtel de Ville, at the north end of Rue de Paris, to be the city's most beautiful building. It's certainly very imposing, with its regimented columns, balustrades,...

Museum in St-Denis

Musée d'Histoire Naturelle

Go eye to eye with lemurs and other stuffed specimens in this museum located in the Jardin de l'État. Besides impressive lemurs, you'll see a good insect and bird collection on the 1st floor.

Historic Building in St-Denis

Maison Kichenin

This perfectly preserved Creole mansion was built in the 1790s and is considered one of the oldest of its kind in St-Denis. The well-proportioned fountain in the garden is a highlight.

Hindu Temple in St-Denis

Tamil Temple

St-Denis' small but wildly colourful Hindu temple stands out among a row of shops on a busy road in a slightly decrepit neighbourhood. Visitors are not allowed inside the temple.

Historic Building in St-Denis


One of the grandest buildings in St-Denis, the Préfecture began life as a coffee warehouse in 1734 and later served as the headquarters of the French East India Company.

Gallery in St-Denis


This contemporary art gallery hosts changing exhibitions of works by local artists and those from neighbouring countries. It's housed in a handsome pale-yellow villa.

Historic Building in St-Denis

Palais Rontaunay

Built in 1854, the Palais Rontaunay is a bourgeois villa that has preserved the elegant style of the 19th century.

Church in St-Denis

Notre-Dame de la Délivrance

Notre-Dame de la Délivrance (1893), which sits on the hillside across the usually dry Rivière St-Denis, is noteworthy for the statue of St Expédit just inside the door, dressed as a young Roman soldier.

Statue in St-Denis

Roland Garros Monument

On the waterfront, this statue honours the Réunion-born aviator Roland Garros, leaning nonchalantly on a propeller. Roland Garros was the first to fly across the Mediterranean in 1913.

Buddhist Site in St-Denis

Pagode Guan Di

Blink and you'll miss this discreet pagoda, which is used by the Chinese community.