Unusual Buildings in Africa You Need To See

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Africa has some strangely beautiful house designs that will most likely fascinate you. From the most colourful building in Dar es Salaam to the Pineapple building in South Africa. Africa is a home of beautiful and unusual buildings ranging from beautiful architecture to unique features in vintage buildings like fortresses and mosques. Here is a brief outline the beautiful and the weird in African architecture;

The Shoe House

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The Shoe House is located on the Panorama Route which is at the border at Limpopo and Mpumalanga Province in South Africa. It was made by Ron van Zyl,  a South African artist. The Shoe House plays the function of a museum which displays wood carved items from the artist. Does this remind you of the nursery rhyme about the old woman who lived in a shoe house?.

The Big Pineapple

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The Big Pineapple is one of the bizarre yet beautiful buildings found in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The building was built in the honour of the of the pineapple fruit for its important role in the region’s agricultural economy. The giant fruit stands 16.7 meters tall

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace

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The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace church Located in Cote d’Ivoire, Ivory Coast is considered one of the largest church in the world according to the Guinness World Record. The church’s unusual architecture can blow your mind. It can reportedly accommodate up to 18,000 worshipers but ironically in Cote d’Ivoire, Christians form a small part of the demographic. On the flipside, that is a lot of space for tourist to stop by.

Independence Square

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Independence square is also known as Black Square located in Accra, Ghana. It’s also the second largest square in the world after Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. The Square was completed in 1961 and was commissioned by Ghana’s first President Kwame Nkrumah. One of the element is a modernist structure of the independence arch which was inspired by Kwame Nkrumah’s Egyptian wife, Faith Nkrumah’s handbag strap. She only carried it on special occasions.

Elizabeth Nyimbo