Apia - the capital of Samoa
Pacific - for many tourists mysterysealed with seven seals. Firstly, there is a large number of island states. Secondly, they have all rely on the status of the regalia, including the national anthem, coat of arms and the main town. However, sometimes strange things happen, for example, on the one hand, Apia - Samoa's capital, on the other hand, is the only city in the country.
If you take a map of Samoa, it is possiblenoted that Apia is located on the island of Upolu, in the northern part of the coast, in a fairly mountainous terrain. Therefore, the guest of the capital there are opportunities to enjoy both the beautiful mountain landscapes and ocean expanses.
Climatic conditions of the capital city complexespecially for unprepared tourists. The climate is tropical, very humid, often on the islands are carried by high winds. On the other hand, heat and moisture contribute to the rapid development of the local flora.
On page history
Local annals report that the first settlement,which is based on these lands British missionaries, was just Apia. Therefore, it is understandable why he is now the main city of Samoa. Year of foundation - 1837, in the early twentieth century to replace the English colonists arrived representatives of other major powers - the United States and Germany. They divided the archipelago together, transferred or withdrawn from each other islands and territories.
In 1914, New Zealand landed heretroops, forming Western Samoa, which became the capital of Apia. In 1962, there was an important for all local residents event - the country gained independence, the first in Oceania.
Cultural and other attractions
First the route visitors to the capital can go through thestreets of the city, and the purpose of travel - familiarity with the places of worship belonging to different faiths. Before tourists enjoy the main cultural, historical and religious sites:
- Catholic Church, located practically on the ocean;
- church, Congregationalists Christians today where the relics of one of the first missionaries - John Williams;
- Anglican church, decorated with magnificent stained glass windows.
No less interesting for European touristsmay be visiting the estate of Robert Stevenson, the famous English writer, "Treasure Island," the author of the immortal novel. The farmstead is located not in the capital, and in its suburb Vallim. It is known that this brave traveler received from the locals called "tusitala ', which translates very unoriginal -" storyteller ".