Nelson Mandela Square


It appears that a visit to Ramallah is no longer complete without a stop at this towering statue of the late Nelson Mandela for a selfie. Unveiled in 2016, the 20ft statue was a gift from Johannesburg, which is twinned with the Palestinian capital.

Madiba stands, fist forever raised, on a roundabout some 15 minutes outside of the city. Either catch a service on Al Tira St away from town or take a taxi.

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2. Khalil Sakakini Centre

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3. Yasser Arafat Museum

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4. Mahmoud Darwish Museum

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5. Taybeh Winery

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7. Our Lady of the Ark of the Covenant

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8. Palestinian Heritage Museum

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