Africa has a lot to take pride in especially on the tourism front. The continent has some of the world’s best game parks but architectural tourism is also not-to-be-missed on this continent.
From towering buildings in major cities to citadels, palaces and fortresses; Africa takes you to an architectural tour like no other signifying growth and a new era in this continent. Here are some of the most beautiful buildings in Africa.
National Theatre, Lagos
National Theatre Lagos is the place where all performing arts shows are held. It was built in mid-1970’s but still exudes some commanding force regarding its architectural design that is hat-shaped. It sits on a 23,000 square metres piece of land and towers 31 metres high. It has a capacity for 5,000 people.
The Memorial to the Martyrs in Ouagadougou
In Burkina Faso’s capital of Ouagadougou, the Memorial to the Martyrs stands as an icon to the country’s national heroes who lost their lives during the revolution that saw the birth of the country we now know as Burkina Faso. It is the centre of attraction in Ouagadougou due to is spacecraft-like design.
Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt
On the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt’s amazing city of Alexandria is the Bibliotheca Alexandrina library, one of the most beautiful buildings in the entire country. Bibliotheca Alexandrina serves as a cultural centre and has a capacity of holding eight million books. It has a specialized section for maps and multimedia as well as those for the blind. It also has four museums, art galleries – temporary exhibitions and 15 permanent exhibitions.
PSPF Commercial Twin Towers in Tanzania
The 35-storey skyscraper twin towers sit in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, and is the highest building in Tanzania, each tower standing well over 150 metres. The towers were built for commercial purposes and have an idyllic view of the Indian Ocean as they overlook the main Port of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
1201 Ocean View in Cape Town, South Africa
In Cape Town, Western Cape, 1201 Ocean View skyscraper – 15-stories high – steals the show as the premier beachfront real estate in the Western Cape. Its design is astoundingly gorgeous with a sense of style and class.
Nabemba Tower in Brazzaville, Congo
Popularly known as the Elf Tower this concave-shaped skyscraper in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo is the country’s tallest building at 106 metres with 30 floors. Built along the banks of the River Congo, Nabemba Tower takes its name from Mont Nabemba, Congo’s highest mountain.
15 Alice Lane Towers in Johannesburg, South Africa
Right at the heart of Sandton in Johannesburg is the impressive 15 Alice Lane Towers with cutting-edge glass technology. Formerly known as the Dancing Towers; this iconic piece of architecture has been constructed with aluminum, concrete and glass giving Johannesburg’s North Western suburbs an entirely new look and feel.