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Levuka

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Levuka Historical Port Town is an urban landscape in the Pacific that represents 19th century British colonisation.

Local warlord Cakobau set up the first administration of the Kingdom of Fiji here in 1852, supported by foreign settlers. In 1874 the land became part of the British Empire.

The site includes residential and commercial buildings, churches, schools and constructions related to port activities.

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Community Reviews


Sera D. Nabukabuka - October 2014

Well Levuka was a home for me ten years back. The Heritage is like a candle light that never fades away. With the old style of nature and free- styled multi-cultural society, I felt that theres no reason to seek for transfer. I have been to the peak a couple of times with my brothers and sister, have travelled to St John College twice and did my practicum at Levuka Public School. At the moment I am still looking forward to taking my children to this beutiful and peaceful town to experience the love and peace of Levuka and its, although old but free and friendly nature.


Vereniki Nalio - March 2014

I am glad to see that Levuka is inscribed in the World Heritage Listing after many years of struggle to preserve, safeguard and promote one of the many historic landmarks in Fiji' Levuka is unique amongst many countries of the world.I had visited Levuka Town before the inscription in June 2013 and hope to see many revitilisation and work in terms of keeping Levuka town since the government is pouring funds into the maitenance of this historic port town.


David Oakley - September 2013

Was based there for 5yrs with Customs...2000 to 2005.wonderful place and people.Sites and many great things to see.Listening to the history of the place told by the elders is also another great experiance.So glad the sight has been approved for World Heritage.


John Booth - September 2013

From 1874, when Fiji was ceded to Queen Victoria, until 1879 Levuka was the capital city of Fiji. Actually it was little more than a village, one kilometer from end to end.

Once the capital was transferred to Suva its decline began. An attempt to revitalise it was made when a tuna canning plant was built, but otherwise, the streetscape along the waterfront from the Cession Stone to Gun Rock remains pretty much unchanged. Even if the streets have reverted to gravel, as they would have been in 1879, Levuka still has its charm.


Yogesh Maharaj - July 2013

I was born in Suva Fiji in 1975, and schooled at Leveuka Public School from 1983-1987. In this time I loved everything about Levuka, the people, culture, heritage and the good times. It was evident then that the national language was English, as I had to learn it straight away.

But 26 years after 1987, I visited Levuka on the day it was listed under world heritage, I so surprised,I arrived that night and the next day went to the museum and spoke a couple of people and asked them what the heritage listing meant for them. It is great honor one said, and the other said hope it brings in more tourists.

My personal take on Levuka was sad, in some ways as the place seem to have been abandoned in some regards, with the LEvuka club closed, Masonic hall burnt, the roads were gravel where they used to be sealed. Just seemed to be a town that was struggling, I hope with this Heritage listing the government of Fiji really puts their effort into this town to promote and preserve it. My son aged 10, daughters aged 6 & 3 really loved Levuka. It still is Levuka, and it was great getting back to this beautiful place.


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Site Info

Full name: Levuka Historical Port Town

Site History

Locations

The site has 1 locations.

  • Levuka

Connections

The site has 18 connections.

Architecture

  • Gothic Revival the timber Gothic Revival style Sacred Heart Cathedral and Presbytery (AB ev)

Constructions

  • Cemeteries Old Levuka Cemetery is tended to perfection by prison inmates. Tombstones bear the names of many Europeans who settled here in the 19th century (Frommers)
  • Clock Tower Baroque stone tower with a clock that strikes once an hour, in front of the Church of the Sacred Heart
  • Notable Hotels The historic Royal Hotel dates to about 1860 but was rebuilt in 1917 after a fire destroyed the original building.

Damaged

History

  • Fusion reflects the integration of local building traditions by a supreme naval power, leading to the emergence of a unique landscape (brief description)

Human Activity

  • Cannibalism Cakobau, the founder of the Fijian kingdom at Levuka, was a former cannibal. He had himself converted to Christianity and renounced cannibalism in 1854. (wiki)
  • Sea Ports 

Timeline

  • Built in the 19th Century first stage of settlement at Levuka (1820s-1850) & represent 19th century British colonisation (AB ev)

Trivia

World Heritage Process