Dar es Salaam in Tanzania is the largest city and commercial centre of the country. It is located along the coast of the Indian Ocean. Its name means the haven of peace in Arabic. The unique thing about this city is not its tourist attractions but its unique mixture of races. There you will find a mixture of African, Arabic, and Indian cultures living together in complete harmony.
We have gathered the top 5 places to visit in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Let’s take closer look at them.
1. National Museum & House of Culture:
In 1940, the National Museum & House of Culture was opened as memorial to King George V. The museum takes its visitor on a journey through the great history of Tanzania. The museum displays great fossils of some of the earliest human ancestors. You also be able to learn about Tanzania’s tribal heritage and the impact of the slave trade and colonial periods. The museum also displays traditional crafts, customs, ornaments, and musical instruments, as well as a small collection of vintage cars, including the Rolls Royce used by former president, Julius Nyerere.
2. Village Museum:
It is located about 10 kilometres north of the city centre. The Village Museum includes traditional dwellings from some of Tanzania’s 120 ethnic groups. You will be able to wander through replicas of tribal homesteads scattered across 15 acres. There, you will be able to learn about traditional customs and crafts.
3. St. Joseph Cathedral:
It was built by German missionaries from 1897 through 1902. The church’s style is Gothic Roman Catholic. It dominates the harbour front and is the seat of the Dar es Salaam archdiocese. Its features include a shingled spire, vaulted interior and stained-glass windows. The inside of the cathedral contains many of the original German inscriptions and artwork, including a carved relief above the main altar.
4. Azania Front Lutheran Church:
It was built by German missionaries in 1898. The red-tile belfry rises above the surroundings and the whitewashed building is still one of the greatest landmarks in Dar es Salaam. Tiled canopies over the windows provide shade, and the gardens are considered the welcome retreat for weary tourists. At one time, Azania was the centre of the original 19th-century German mission.
5. Tanzania State House:
It was built in the late 1890s. The State House was the original residence of the German Governor. In 1922, the British rebuilt the State House. They added scalloped upper-storey arches and a crenelated parapet. The building was destroyed completely during World War I. The State House is now the home of the current president.
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