Top 7 Most Important Unesco World Heritage Sites in Africa

Top 7 Most Important Unesco World Heritage Sites in Africa

Timbutku, Mali

Timbuktu is a city of Mali. The town is the capital of the Timbuktu Region. It has a history which goes back to 12th century. It was a very popular trade center for its time. It was an economical city which trades salt, gold, ivory and also human slaves. Timbutku is also known for its unique architecture and cultural heritage. During the golden age of Timbutku, the city also was an Islamic center for many Muslims. Timbutku today is among the main tourism attractions in Africa. Every year thousands of people visit Timbutku to see the wonders of the old city.

Djenne, Mali

Djenné is an urban commune in central Mali. The town is the administrative centre of the Djenné Cercle. Djenne is famous for its distinctive architecture. The most famous of them is the Great Mosque, while the south of the town is “Djenné-Djeno”, one of the oldest known towns in sub-Saharan Africa. Djenne was a very important place during 15th and 16th century Africa. It was a cultural an economical center. It was also very important for education and politics even back then.

Memphis and Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

giza-pyramidsThe Giza Necropolis is an archaeological site on the Giza Plateau. It is mostly known as the place of the world’s most “celebrity” historical site, the Ancient Egytpian pyramids. The complex includes the three pyramids known as the Great Pyramids, the massive sculpture known as the Great Sphinx, several cemeteries and a workers’ village which was used during the construction of the pyramids. The Great Pyramid was listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is also the oldest of the ancient Wonders and the only one that still exists and among the Top 10 Greatest Wonders Of The World You Need To Travel.

Marrakesh Old City, Morocco

Marrakesh is a major city of Morocco. It is the fourth largest city in the country. Marrakesh is considered to be the most important city of the four former imperial cities of Morocco. The city was inhabited by several different cultures during history, which made the city an important place for a cultural and economical center. It also has a very special architecture, unique for the region. Because of the red walls and red sandstone buildings, it is known as the “Red City” or “Ochre City”. This old city is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Marrahesh was also a very important attraction in 40s and 50s for many European elites and beat generation authors and poets. Today it still is an attraction for the intelectuals of the world, and a fine place for street food.

Kairouan, Tunusia

KairouanKairouan which is also known as Kirwan or al-Qayrawan, is the capital of the Kairouan Governorate in Tunisia. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Kairouan was founded by the Arabs around 670s. During Mu’awiya period, the city became an important centre for Sunni Islamic education and Quranic learning. It was a cultural city full of vivid learnings. Therefore the city attracted manyMuslims around the world and became a cultural center for Muslims. Today it is just an old, historic city for tourists mostly.

Saint Louis, Senegal

Saint-Louis is the capital of Senegal’s Saint-Louis Region. The city was the capital of the French colony of Senegal in the 17th century. It was also the capital of French West Africa in late 19th century. It has an unique architecture, similar to French colonial architecture of North Africa. However it is located in west coast of Africa. Saint Louis has also a very important wildlife. It has a diverse ecological life and many natural beauties, as well as beautiful architecture.

Fasil Ghebbi, Ethiopia

fasil__ghebbiFasil Ghebbi, which means Royal Enclosure, is the remains of a fortress-city in Gondar, Ethiopia. Fasil Chebbi was founded during the 17th and 18th centuries and it was the home of Ethiopia’s emperors for many years. It has an unique architecture which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is a very important and cultural area for African ancient culture. Fasil Ghebbi covers an area of 70,000 square meters. It is a complex building unlike any other in Africa. It has a special look which is similar to the European castles of the middle ages.