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Buildings in Pondicherry

Hotel Lagrenee De Meziere, 1774 : Once a private house, this place has now become a workshop of the religious order of Saint Joseph De Cluny. One can put his head in the gate and have a look at magnificent early colonial architecture and equally beautifully embroidery.

Le Grand Hotel D' Europe : Opened in 1891, this hotel has got a classic look and is closed to the public.

Lacee Francais, 1826 : Lacee Francais, still educates hundreds of young Pondicheriens in French. One has to take permission from the office walking around the old courtyard to see photographs of colonial Pondy in a fine old building.

L'ecole Francaise D'extreme Orient : Meaning, the French institute of the Far East whose two handsome buildings are almost diagonal to each other at an intersection, one specialising in Indology, the other in History and Archaeology.

The French Consulate General : This place is open to French nationals. The whole facade and shape of the building have changed over the years, but it still retains some elements from the 18th century.

Le Foyer Du Soldat : This place is the legion hall for retired soldiers from Pondicherry who served in French wars in Europe and the colonies. The building looks perky enough with its proud Tricouleur or tricolour (red, white and blue flag) but the veterans must be getting on!

L'institut Francais : As the gate is generally open, one may walk into the courtyard and have a quiet look around. They have a very old Ganesha statue. If one has a professional interest in Indian civilisation, history and society, in ecology, or in environment and development in South and Southeast Asia, one may pick up the institute's information materials describing current activities.


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