Port Louis city is full of many buildings and monuments that reflect its rich and diverse colonial history. Near the city center, there are several French colonial buildings that date back to the 18th century, including the Government House. Other important traditional features include the Jummah Mosque, the majestic English St. James Cathedral, the Indian Tamil Temple, the elegant colonial Port Louis Theater, the Champ de Mars Racetrack and the nearby Chinese Pagoda. Some typical houses from previous eras are also on display, which are typically wooden constructions with shuttered windows and huge porches. However, most homes and commercial structures are now built from more durable materials such as concrete, and the city now includes many glass and concrete skyscrapers.