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It is often the first place to go, to the southern tip of the island to enjoy the superb view of Dakar and its bay. All the more so as the path leading to the summit is lined with paintings by Senegalese artists, very colourful, which one gladly takes the time to admire. At the western end stands Fort Saint-Michel, built by the French in 1892 and on which was erected and inaugurated in 1999 the Slave Memorial, a modern work representing the hull and sail of a ship. Behind it is a rangefinder dating from 1907 and used to measure the distance of ships in order to adjust the guns. Also at the top of this fort, the Senegalese artist Balla Ngongo, who is well known in Dakar, is exhibiting many of his works, all made from recycled materials. He sells them, but it is possible to just have a look without feeling harassed. On the other side of the castel is a cannon with a range of 14 km. This was used only once, on 23 September 1940, by Vichy France, to sink an English ship during the battle of Dakar. The wreck is still there, several metres underwater. A buoy marks the danger for the boats, which is why the rowboat that brings visitors to the island makes a long trip before entering the harbour of the landing stage. At the time of Senegal's independence, the French sabotaged the cannon so that it could not be fired again. Before leaving the place, enjoy the breathtaking ocean views and take a deep breath of iodized air!

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Visited in january 2020
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Belle vue, mais endroit décrépi
Du haut du fort du castel, on a une belle vue sur la ville de Dakar. Cependant, tout est laissé à l’état d'abandon, les vestiges sont surchargés de graffiti, et les vendeurs de cochonneries pour touristes sont omniprésents.

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