Cemeteries,Tombs & Memorials

There are many cemeteries and tombs found around Mauritius with many very old and sometimes quirky graves.  The names of the more prominent families appear on some rather impressive tombs and most Mauritian families have their own burial plot into which, all of their dead are buried.  This does often mean, the bones of those buried of those already buried, are collected during the re-digging of a grave to be re-interred with the latest burial.  Whilst the cemetery can arrange for a grave to be reopened for a fee, it is common for the male members of a family to dig the grave.

Many of the historic cemeteries which remain in use have areas where the interred died from infectious diseases and these areas will never be reused for fear of infection.