ココティエ広場はヌメア市街地の中央に位置し、
東西方向にやや傾斜している長方形の形の広場です。

もともとは名前の由来になっているヤシの木が多く植えられていたのですが、現在は1月~2月まで真っ赤な花が咲き乱れてる火炎樹(フランボワイヤン)が目を引きます。東側にはキオスクと呼ばれる音楽堂があり、時にはイベントの舞台になります。また、中央にはセレスト(天女)の像が置かれた噴水、西側には、ヌメア市観光案内所、カフェテリア、そして植物園があります。日中は車の多いヌメア市街地で、この広場が憩いの場所として市民たちに利用されています。

 

ココティエ広場の周囲には、お土産屋や免税店、レストランやカフェが多く、観光客が散策中に一服するのにもよい場所でしょう。 広場の西側にある大きな建物はヌメア市役所、北側の赤い瓦屋根の建物は現在ヌメア市立博物館になっている旧市庁舎です。

 

ヌメアおよび南部州観光案内所もココティエ広場にあり、英・仏・日3ヵ国語のパンフレットやヌメアの情報誌「ピクニック」などが手に入ります。ぜひ、一度訪れてみましょう。

In the heart of the city

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  • music kiosk

    When soldiers plant coconut trees

    The military, who were the first “owners” of the location, planted many coconut trees on the square. Quickly the inhabitants started to refer to it as the “Place des Cocotiers”.

    The first music kiosk dates from 1883 but was entirely reconstructed in 1986, to modern standards and using rot-proof houp wood. The superb metal harp at the top is from the original kiosk.

  • The celestial fountain

    The celestial fountain

    New embankments built next to the future Place Feillet allowed the creation of another square, which became Place Courbet in 1885. In its center, a monumental fountain was inaugurated on September 24 1893 in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the conquest of New Caledonia by France. Eight meters high, it represents a semi-nude lady. Named the celestial fountain, it is one of the symbols of the Place des Cocotiers with the music kiosk, both of which are listed as historic monuments. It is also the “zero” reference point for all the road mileage in New Caledonia!

  • The Place des Cocotiers, a beating heart

    The Place des Cocotiers, a beating heart

    The most recent part of the Place des Cocotiers, its western extremity, was built in 1893. It was then a botanical garden with dense tropical vegetation.

    All these parts of the Place des Cocotiers have remained to form a homogeneous whole. Between the Celestial fountain, and the Olry square, the Place de la Marne is nowadays the real heart of this ensemble. For example, it is where concerts are regularly held as well as markets, which animate the heart of the city.