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AFRICAN RENAISSANCE MONUMENT

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Plate millesim 2022

The African Renaissance Monument impresses with its gigantic size. Already, from the Plateau, you can see this 52 m high colossus, built on one of the two volcanic hills of Les Mamelles, embracing his wife and carrying his child with one arm. Symbolizing Africa turned towards Africa, this monument is a source of controversy, both for its figurative side which displeases conservative Muslims, but also because it is a rather megalomaniacal project of former president Abdoulaye Wade. who under the symbol of a continent has created a monument with an ultra luxurious presidential lounge, costing nearly 15 billion FCFA according to estimates. Moreover, it was made by a North Korean company specializing in concrete rather than art, and it was inaugurated in the presence of several African leaders in 2010 in the midst of the economic crisis, for the 50th anniversary of Senegal's independence. For the rest, you have to climb 198 steps to reach the esplanade before taking an elevator to the 15th floor to admire a breathtaking view of the city and the ocean. One should not expect any artistic prowess from the monument itself, for a very high cost, one finally only pays for the view. We leave without having seen much of interest, except for an explanatory frieze retracing African history, a video of the construction of the monument, and the few rooms dedicated to contemporary African art.

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Open every day from 9 am to 7:45 pm. Adults from 6 500 FCFA, children around 3 250 FCFA.

Members' reviews on AFRICAN RENAISSANCE MONUMENT

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pfute_16318771796692
3/5
Visited in october 2021
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Le monument est impressionnant de par sa taille mais on rejoint l'avis du petit futé... ce monument pose d'énormes questions... la place de la femme en retrait, l'artiste Sénégalais Ousmane Sow retiré du projet alors qu'il avait imaginé une statue plus représentative du symbole de la famille africaine, etc...
De plus, le prix est très important pour ne pas voir grand chose. Bien qu'une jolie vue se dégage lorsque nous sommes au sommet de la statue.... une vue plus ou moins identique est accessible via le phare des Mamelles et ce gratuitement si on s'y rend à pied.
marie thérese
3/5
Visited in march 2020
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Imposante sculpture posée au sommet d'une de deux collines de ce quartier de Dakar sans grand intérêt touristique reste sa valeur symbolique pour la population Africaine
raphouzbek
4/5
Visited in april 2019
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A voir pour l'emplacement et le gigantisme
J'ai bien aimé cette statue gigantesque qui se détache du ciel bleu dans un bel élan d'énergie. Le mélange de la statuaire de style communiste avec un zest d'Afrique est détonnant. L'entrée était fermée.
Chris Kriss
4/5
Visited in january 2019
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Statue demesurée
Une statue gigantesque qui surplombe Dakar et ngor ! Le projet est farfelu quand on sait le prix et les Conditions mais c'est à voir car c'est impressionnant ! L'entrée ne vaut pas le détour !
bigpbdx
3/5
Visited in july 2015
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La folie de l'ancien président. Une immense statue réalisée par les nords coréens (!!!) à l'esthétique douteuse... Mais une vue imprenable sur Dakar, et ca, ca vaut la peine

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