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Place Dakar

Dakar is the capital and largest city of Senegal. The city of Dakar proper has a population of 1,030,594, whereas the population of the Dakar metropolitan area is estimated at 3.94 million in 2021.
The area around Dakar was settled in the 15th century. The Portuguese established a presence on the island of Gorée off the coast of Cap-Vert and used it as a base for the Atlantic slave trade. France took over the island in 1677. Following the abolition of the slave trade and French annexation of the mainland area in the 19th century, Dakar grew into a major regional port and a major city of the French colonial empire. In 1902, Dakar replaced Saint-Louis as the capital of French West Africa. From 1959 to 1960, Dakar was the capital of the short-lived Mali Federation. In 1960, it became the capital of the independent Republic of Senegal.

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World Heritage Site 1978
9.05km
Island of Gorée

The island of Gorée lies off the coast of Senegal, opposite Dakar. From the 15th to the 19th century, it was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast. Ruled in succession by the Portuguese, Dutch, English and French, its architecture…

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.81km
Mosque of the Divinity

Discover Mosque of the Divinity in Dakar, Senegal: This unique religious structure is an architectural gem with arresting ocean views.

World Heritage Site 2011
143.21km
Saloum Delta

Fishing and shellfish gathering have sustained human life in the 5,000 km2 property, which is formed by the arms of three rivers. The site comprises brackish channels encompassing over 200 islands and islets, mangrove forest, an Atlantic marine environm…

Atlas Obscura 2018
6.82km
IFAN Museum of African Arts

Discover IFAN Museum of African Arts in Dakar, Senegal: Dakar is home to one of the oldest African art institutions in West Africa.

Atlas Obscura 2021
5.84km
Bantyii Dibiterie

Discover Bantyii Dibiterie in Dakar, Senegal: A smoky doorway in Dakar leads to one of the city’s great communal eating experiences.

Atlas Obscura 2018
2.82km
Henriette Bathily Women’s Museum

Discover Henriette Bathily Women's Museum in Dakar, Senegal: This Dakar museum exhibits artworks and artifacts honoring the daily lives of Senegalese women.

Atlas Obscura 2018
9.33km
Gorée Island

Discover Gorée Island in Dakar, Senegal: This tiny, tranquil Senegalese island serves as a powerful symbol of the Atlantic slave trade.

Brutalism 1973
6.43km
Ho?tel Inde?pendance

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