Sights of Dakar
One of the most developed and largest cities in Senegal, and throughout West Africa, is Dakar. The Senegalese capital is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and is quite a popular destination for many foreign tourists. This demand is explained by the unique African flavor of the city and a large number of exclusive places and attractions.
Grand Mosque in Dakar
Dakar One of the most important religious buildings of the city is the famous Grand Mosque, which is located on Alle-Pape-Geye-Fall. This magnificent building was designed by architects from France and Morocco. The opening of the mosque took place in 1964 in the presence of the highest persons of Morocco and Senegal. The building of the mosque is really inspiring, it is one of the largest religious buildings in Africa, while accommodating more than ten thousand people.
This mosque can be compared to the mosque of King Mohamed V of Morocco in the city of Casablanca, which is also famous for its luxurious interior and exterior. The Grand Mosque has a rectangular section and has a minaret located at a height of 80 meters, and on its top there is an observation tower from where you can see almost the entire city panorama of Dakar. The architectural complex of the mosque includes several premises: a room for young women, a hotel, a room for ablution, a madrasah and a shopping center. At night, the mosque is especially beautiful from the outside – it is illuminated with special lighting.
The Islamic Institute, which is subordinate to the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Senegal, is also located here. The institute conducts a variety of Islamic studies. In addition, the institute houses a magnificent library called Naef Ben Abdel Aziz al Saud.
Visiting this mosque by people of other religions is prohibited. However, if you still manage to see its interior decoration, then the impressions of this will remain for a long time.
DakarPalace of the President
The building of the palace is completely painted in white and is located on Rum Avenue. The building took more than five years to build and opened in 1907. Since its opening, the building has undergone numerous renovations and improvements. The palace offers a magnificent view of the ocean, and the rainforest in which it is located makes it one of the main attractions of the capital.
This attraction is the most interesting in all of Senegal. Pink Lake is located half an hour from Dakar. The lake itself is not deep and surrounded by foam along the banks. On the coast there are exotic trees and rustic huts. Pink Lake is very salty and resembles the Dead Sea. Locals extract salt here, then sell it. The lake got its name because of the color of the water, which is caused by a lot of bacteria that live in the lake. Namely, they, in the course of their life, secrete a special pigment that gives the water a pink color. Depending on the time of day, the color of the water in the lake can vary from red to slightly pink. The most impressive view of the lake is at sunset or dawn. This place causes a unique delight in the people who visited it!
In general, Dakar is a very interesting city with its own unique culture and reflection of Europe. At the same time, local traditions give it an extraordinary appeal. Having visited Senegal at least once, there is a desire to return here and touch this beauty again.