Downtown Walking Tour in Dakar, Part 2, Dakar

Downtown Walking Tour in Dakar, Part 2, Dakar

The city of Dakar, capital of Senegal, is a home to many notable sights, most of which are clustered in the Downtown area, including religious sites, such as the Grand Mosque with its towering minaret; a number of museums, including Dakar's largest Musée Théodore Monod displaying cultural artifacts illustrating diversity of Senegalese traditions and history; and more. On this walking tour you have a chance to explore some of the top attractions of Downtown Dakar.
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Downtown Walking Tour in Dakar, Part 2 Map

Guide Name: Downtown Walking Tour in Dakar, Part 2
Guide Location: Senegal » Dakar (See other walking tours in Dakar)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Author: AudreyB
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Place de Soweto

1) Place de Soweto

Place de Soweto is the downtown square of Dakar. The square is home to a popular statue representing an Afro-American woman and man, holding each other's hands. The square is surrounded by the IFAN Museum of African Arts and the National Assembly of Senegal. The Place de Soweto is one of the most popular places in...   view more
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IFAN Museum of African Arts

2) IFAN Museum of African Arts (must see)

The Musée de l'Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire or IFAN Museum of African Arts in Dakar is one of the oldest art museums in West Africa. It was promoted by Léopold Senghor, the country's first President. In December 2007, its official title was changed to The Théodore Monod African Art Museum ("Musée Théodore Monod d'Art africain"), after the French naturalist Théodore André Monod, former director of IFAN. Previously its official name had been "Le...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Cathédrale du Souvenir Africain de Dakar

3) Cathédrale du Souvenir Africain de Dakar

Cathédrale du Souvenir Africain de Dakar is the largest religious space in Dakar. Built on the site of an ancient cemetery, the cathedral was consecrated by Cardinal Verdier in February 1936. Its Sudan-style towers, Byzantine domes and Sudan sandstone are combined with English granite, creating of the cathedral a splendid landmark. The cathedral is topped with a large dome distinctive for its 20 windows in Greek style. Its entrance features the inscription "To the Virgin Mary, Mother of...   view more
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Palais de la République

4) Palais de la République (must see)

Palais de la République is a historic building which served as the home of the General Governor of the French West Africa federation and is now the home of the president of Dakar. The construction of the palace started in 1902 under the order of Gaston Doumergue. The palace was built in Neo-Classical style, topped with a tower inspired by the Trocadero of the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. The construction of the palace lasted 5 years and on 28 June 1907 it was inaugurated as the Government...   view more
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Marché Sandaga

5) Marché Sandaga (must see)

Marché Sandaga is the largest market in Dakar. It occupies a three-story building, its vendors selling everything from fruits and vegetables to fabrics and electronics. You will also have the opportunity to buy a variety of handicrafts and souvenirs. Outside the market, the avenue Emil Badiane is also filled with vendors, selling anything that will acquaint you with Senegal's culture and...   view more
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Dakar Grand Mosque and Institut islamique de Dakar

6) Dakar Grand Mosque and Institut islamique de Dakar (must see)

The Dakar Grand Mosque is one of the most important religious buildings in the capital of Senegal. It is situated on Allée Pape Gueye Fall. Designed by French and Moroccan architects, The Grand Mosque was opened in 1964 by Hassan II, King of Morocco and Senegalese President Léopold Sédar Senghor.

Richly decorated on the interior and exterior, it is stylistically similar to the Mosquée Mohammed V in Casablanca. It's minaret rises to 67 meters.

Created in 1964 and situated in the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Cheikh Oumar Foutiyou Tall Mosque

7) Cheikh Oumar Foutiyou Tall Mosque

Cheikh Oumar Foutiyou Tall Mosque is a relatively young mosque, located in front of Porte du Troisième millénaire statue in Dakar. The mosque features modern Islamic architecture and is considered a refreshing landmark among Dakar's...   view more
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Porte du Troisième millénaire

8) Porte du Troisième millénaire

Porte du Troisième millénaire is a modern monument in Dakar. It symbolizes the African continent at the crossroads of the millennia. The monument is 16.50 m in height, and is actually a silhouette facing the sea in combination with three doors, each with a message, surrounded by three baobab trees offered by King Fahd and a pool- its water symbolizing life. The statue was inaugurated in 2001, and was designed by the Senegalese architect Pierre Goudiaby...   view more

Walking Tours in Dakar, Senegal

Downtown Walking Tour in Dakar, Part 1

Downtown Walking Tour in Dakar, Part 1

The city of Dakar, capital of Senegal, is a home to many notable sights, most of which are clustered in the Downtown area, including government buildings, art galleries, historic squares and a railway station. On this walking tour you have a chance to explore some of the top attractions of Downtown Dakar.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km