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The attributes assigned to Conakry are few but momentous. It is the national capital of Guinea and home to nearly 25% of the country’s total population, just as it is a prominent port city on the Atlantic Ocean and that it serves as the focal point of nation’s economic, financial and cultural progress. You would it a characteristic blend of notable Caribbean features like a seaside ambiance, eclectic architecture, pronounced musical scenes and a distinguished historical colonial heritage. Some stellar highlights in or near the city include the Soumba waterfalls, Conakry Botanical Gardens, Conakry Grand Mosque and Guinea National Museum.
Conakry Grand Mosque in Conakry is the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa and fourth largest mosque in Africa. It was built during the rule of Guinea’s first president Ahmed Sekou Toure through liberal amount of donations by the former king of Saudi Arabia, Fahd Al Saud in 1982. It has a modest façade and a set of four towering, dual-tone minarets. In the mosque’s garden is situated the Camayanne Mausoleum, where the mortal remains of three national heroes Samori Ture, Sekou Toure and Alfa Yaya are kept.
Sandervalia National Museum
The Sandervalia National Museum in Conakry is home to a small but significant collection of national ethnographic and pre-historical heritage of the country. Of special note here are old masks, a limited display of artifacts segregated as per regional influences and several objects and statues belonging to notable leaders of the colonial era. This display is flanked by an artisan gallery consisting of regional fabrics, traditional costumes, wooden statues and embossed Tuareg leather artifacts that can be both admired from a distance as well as purchased from here.Monument du 22 Novembre 1970 (Monument of 22 November 1970)
The Monument of 22 November 1970 is a persistent reminder of how close Portugal dissidents were to change the history of this Guinean capital city forever. On 21 November 1970, Portuguese troops invaded the capital through the sea to overthrow the existing regime but were resoundingly defeated by Guinean armed forces, leading to the imprisonment of the former. This monument was constructed in memory of the people who had laid down their lives defending the capital during the failed coup. The monument has an inscription in French implying ‘the Revolution is Imperative. Imperialism finds its grave in Guinea.’