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L'usine "The sugar factory"

The Ravine Glissante factory is a historic monument which bears witness to the important sugar-producing period of the region. Founded during the 19th century, this sugar factory was a major economic pillar for the commune of Sainte-Rose, contributing significantly to the island's sugar industry between 1850 and 1950.

Its chimney, which still stands proudly on the site, was included in the supplementary inventory of Historic Monuments in 2002, thus highlighting its cultural and historical importance.

The factory had several influential owners who contributed to its development and its adaptation to the new technologies of the time, such as the use of hydraulic energy for the production of cane sugar. Among them, Joseph Mourouvin, notable for being the first descendant of inga to own a sugar factory on the island, acquired the factory in 1920 and continued to modernize the facilities.

Today, although the factory has not been in operation since 1954, it remains an emblematic site of Sainte-Rose. The remains of the factory, such as the chimney, the cut stone walls, and the time-resistant machines, offer a fascinating insight into the industrial history of Reunion Island. Visitors can explore the cobblestone walkways and surviving structures, imagining the intense life and work that once animated these places.

The Ravine Glissante factory is more than just a collection of ruins; it is a symbol of human resilience and ingenuity in the face of the challenges of the times. It represents an important chapter in the economic history of Reunion Island and continues to inspire current and future generations on the importance of preserving our industrial heritage. Today, part of the factory, rehabilitated, has become a cultural space bearing the name of a person who worked at the factory, Noël Bataille.

This transformation symbolizes the rebirth of a place steeped in industrial history into a hub of artistic expression and creativity. The reconversion of these spaces demonstrates the evolution of societies and their ability to breathe new life into places formerly dedicated to production. By honoring Noël Bataille, this cultural space pays homage not only to his working-class past, but also to the lasting impact of individuals on their work environment and on local culture. It is a fine example of how industrial heritage can be preserved and integrated into the contemporary fabric of urban life, providing a new perspective on the community's history and future.

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