Chateau Val Ory of Mauritius
by Shehbaaz Baurtally
Château de Val Ory, at Moka, in Mauritius. It is a direct pen art and was done quickly. So the accuracy will never be perfect. And no literal interpretation of the photo reference.
It was the residence of Reza Shah, an Iranian from the Pahlavi royal dynasty. He was forced to abdicate the throne by the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran in 1941. He stayed at Val Ory's mansion for a few months after being exiled under the pressure from British forces who had occupied Iran alongside the Red Army.
Reza Shah expected to spend his last days in Bombay now Mumbai
in then British India. However, British authorities in Bombay did not allow him and his entourage to disembark. Instead, they were sent to Mauritius, an island unknown to the exiled king.
Accompanied by several members of his family, his personal secretary, and servants, the exiled king was forced to stay in Mauritius to await a license to travel to Durban and finally to Johannesburg in South Africa.