African Renaissance Monument

Memorial in Dakar

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Allegedly Africa's highest statue, the African Renaissance Monument was unveiled in 2010 to commemorate Senegal's 50 years of independence from France. At 49m in height, it is taller than New York City's Statue of Liberty and Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer.

The Soviet-style bronze of a man, woman and child looking out to sea has been heavily criticised for its cost (over US$30 million), the un-African shapes of its figures and the scantily dressed female (whose outfit offers a partial view of her breast and thighs). You can walk around the base for free; the entry fee is for the interior of the monument. A small display explains its construction and an elevator whisks you up to the head of the male figure, boasting expansive views of Dakar.


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