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Curepipe (French: La Ville-Lumière) is a town in Mauritius, located in the Plaines Wilhems District, the eastern part also lies in the Moka District. The town is administered by the Municipal Council of Curepipe. Curepipe lies at a higher elevation, often referred to as the "Central Plateau". According to the census made by Statistics Mauritius in 2012, the population of the town was at 85,049.
The town's name, Curepipe, is said to be originated from the French curer sa pipe, which translates to "cleaning the pipe". There are several theories by historians as to the naming of the city. Some historians believe that the name was given as travelers and soldiers from the 19th century, traveled from Port Louis and Grand Port (now Mahébourg) to refill their pipes in Curepipe. Other historians believe that the name was given after a late landowner during the 18th century.
The town officially covers an area of 23.8 square kilometres (9.2 sq mi). It is located in the Plaine Wilhems district on the central plateau of Mauritius at an altitude of 561 meters. Of the larger towns of the island's central plateau, Curepipe is the most southern and also the highest. As a consequence of its height, Curepipe is known for its relatively cool and rainy climate.
The town hosts several textile factories, a diamond processing industry and a range of jewelry businesses. In addition, handicraft shops, restaurants and shopping centres add to the commercial mix of the town.
The relatively affluent suburbs are also home to a great deal of business activity, and the head office of the Beachcomber Group of Hotels is located in Curepipe.

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Panoramica sulla citta' mauriziana di Curepipe,che è la traduzione in creolo di Ville Lumiere,il piu' famoso detto che caratterizza Parigi.
Curepipe si trova nel centro-sud dell'isola, nel distretto di Plaines Wilhems,ed è la seconda città del paese dopo la capitale Port Louis.
Nelle immediate vicinanze si trova il cratere di un vulcano spento, chiamato Trou-aux-Cerfs.

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