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African Renaissance Monument, Senegal

From series “The Most Grandiose Statues and Monuments”
Year: 2010. Height: 49 meters.

Dakar can boast with one of the most emblematic and impressive monuments of the world, African Renaissance Monument. Its opening took place relatively recently, in 2010. The event was timed to the 50th anniversary of Senegal's independence. The height of the monument is 49 meters. The statue is lined with 3 cm thick bronze sheets. The monument was supposed to be a symbol of independence and bright future for locals. However, after opening, the sculpture was heavily criticized.

African Renaissance Monument, Senegal The main reason for dissatisfaction was a huge sum that the Senegalese government has spent on construction of the sculpture. It was about 27 million US dollars. The author of the monument is the famous architect, Pierre Gudiabi. He attracted the best experts from North Korea to implement his project. It took them 4 years to create the sculpture. Despite of criticism, it is easy to admire the beauty and grandeur of the monument.

After the opening, managers of the project led by the Government of Senegal continued to improve the infrastructure around the statue. Today, the monument has a fine stone staircase. The structure is surrounded by well-kept garden sculptures. There is also a pleasant night lighting system around, so it will be amazing to visit the attraction in the evening. Next - Lord Murugan Statue

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African Renaissance Monument - interactive map

Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Banque Internationale pour le Commerce et l'Industrie du Sénégal' located in 3.03 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Ada' is located in 5.41 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Ciel Oil - Station Pêche, Ouakam' in 0.81 km
Supermarket: 'Mini Super Marche' in 1.25 km
Parking: 'Hotel Shuttles Parking Area - VIP Parking' in 2.78 km
Apotheek: 'Pharmacie Mamelle' in 0.82 km
Police station: 'Gandarmerie de Ouakam' in 0.64 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Brioche Dorée Ouakam' in 0.89 km
Railway station: 'Halte de Hann' in 6.57 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Saint Louis Airport XLS - in 184 km

Best hotels near African Renaissance Monument

Hotel Residence La Corniche

Located in 0 km from African Renaissance Monument
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Rooms: 15
Overlooking the beach, each air-conditioned room offers a seating area with a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower and bath. … More: photo, rates and booking
La Demeure

Located in 1 km from African Renaissance Monument
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Rooms: 8
Each air-conditioned room is bright and spacious and has a TV with satellite channels and a work space with a desk. All rooms have a private bathroom … More: photo, rates and booking
Villa Mermoz

Located in 2 km from African Renaissance Monument
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Rooms: 9
Units will provide guest with air conditioning. They all include a satellite TV and minibar. Guests can enjoy a garden view from all the rooms. The … More: photo, rates and booking
Résidence Hôtelière Paya

Located in 3 km from African Renaissance Monument
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Rooms: 11
The rooms at Résidence Hôtelière Paya feature tiled flooring, have a satellite TV and a telephone. The private bathroom is fitted with a bath or … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around African Renaissance Monument - Dakar

Another interesting and famous event throughout the region is the Gorée Diaspora Festival. This is the time when Senegalese rethink their origin, which begins with their advent to the continent from the island of Horus. The program includes musical, dance and theatrical performances, and all this can be seen on the main streets. In addition, conferences and meets-and-greets are available to the public; speakers talk to the people about the history of Senegal so that nothing of their history, even the darkest spots, is left without attention.

In the middle (sometimes at the end) of May, dance lovers come to the capital of the peanut republic for the sake of Kaay Fecc, or Festival international de toutes les danses. Here you can enjoy modern as well as folk and ballroom dances - dancers from all over the world present their performances. However, the main focus is on the host country's dance traditions, and this is why visiting the festival is an excellent opportunity to get to get closer acquainted with the local culture. Center Culturel Blaise Senghor serves as the venue for the festival.
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