Must see attractions in Monrovia

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    Hotel Ducor

    Originally built by the now-defunct Pan Am Airlines, this former luxury hotel and site of key political meetings is now a decayed but stunning colonial ruin. It is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. Security guards will let you in, and it's fun to roam the once-opulent grounds and ponder the deals sealed around the vast swimming pool.

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    Waterside Market

    Chaotic Waterside Market offers almost everything for sale, including colourful textiles, shoes, leather goods and pottery, all with a dose of foul smells and lots of noise. Haggle hard, smile, and embrace raw Monrovia to its fullest.

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    Liberia National Museum

    The museum's collection was depleted during the war years, but renovations (always ongoing) have created space for photo and art exhibitions as well as the ethnic and historical exhibits. Check out founding father JJ Roberts' dining table – a gift from England's Queen Victoria – as well as paintings and items representing Liberian tribal cultures. The building was the former legislature.

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    EJ Roye building

    Once the most important structure in the capital, this 10-storey building fell into ruin during the Liberian coup. Attempts to rebuild have, so far, not materialised, but for now, even in its wrecked state, it's a symbol and icon of the city

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    Silver Beach

    This pretty beach is fun and relatively easy to get to, plus it's home to the best beach snack joint in the area. It's located about 15km southeast of Monrovia (a US$12 charter taxi ride).

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    First United Methodist Church

    You might spot President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf attending a Sunday service here. The church is open to the public.

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    Thinker's Beach

    This popular beach gets crowded on weekends and is known as the party beach. It's about 17km south of Monrovia.

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    Providence Island

    There isn't much to mark the spot where freed American slaves first disembarked, but the government is planning to turn Providence Island into a historical attraction in future, though any firm dates are murky. It's a short drive across the Gabriel Tucker bridge from Waterside Market.

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    Executive Mansion

    This sprawling, eight-storey semicircular structure is the Liberian president's home and holds the offices of the executive staff and other political staff. It's closed to the public.

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    Monument to JJ Roberts

    This monument is an ode to JJ Roberts, Liberia's first president. The structure is a tall rectangle with a statue of Roberts standing in front

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    Masonic Temple

    While not open to the general public, this Freemason structure is worth strolling past to see its impressive architectural details.

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    Rivoli Cinema

    This old gem of a building shows mainly Bollywood movies.