Mogadishu is the capital of Somalia. It is located in the horn of Africa and bordering the Red Sea. The city has served as an important port connecting with traders all round the Indian Ocean for many years now.
The official language is Somali although Arabic, Italian, and English are all spoken too. The weather in the city is mostly hot and windy and mostly cloudy . For a city situated so near the equator, Mogadishu has a relatively dry climate. Months with the lowest average high temperature are July, August and September . The month with the highest average low temperature is April . The currency used in the city is the Somali Shilling, which is abbreviated as SOS and is managed by central bank of the Somali state. 1 Somali Shilling equals 0.0017 United States Dollar.
Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. Somali architecture is the engineering and designing of multiple different construction types such as stone cities, castles, fortresses, mosques, temples, lighthouses, towers and tombs. Here are some of the most captivating sites you shouldn't miss when you are in the city :
- Lido Beach | It is a beach in Mogadishu which overlooks the Somali sea. The word Lido is derived from Italian meaning the beach. Lido beach is also very common among the locals of the city. It was developed in the 1930s for the Italian colonists. People mostly enjoy its night view after dusk of the night skyline and the Blue ocean.
- Masjidka Isbahaysiga(Mogadishu Central Mosque) | One of the biggest mosques in Somalia Somalia's main religion is Islam.
- The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier | Historical landmark in Mogadishu. Mogadishu, pay your respects to all the people who lost their lives in battles for the country. This kind of monument can be found in many countries around the world, celebrating the bravery and the actions of all soldiers who have died in battle. In the center of the capital, the tomb's huge pillar stands high on a stone pedestal, along with the country’s flag.
- Catholic Church| Mogadishu Cathedral is a ruined Roman Catholic cathedral located in Mogadishu, Somalia. Between 1928 and 1991, it served as the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mogadiscio. Built in 1928 by Italian colonial authorities, much of the building was destroyed in 2008 by al-Shabaab.
- Bakaara Market | The Bakaara Market is an open market in Mogadishu, Somalia. It is the largest in the nation. The name Bakaaraha is derived from the Somali word for grain silo or storage, baqaar. The market was created in late 1972 during the reign of Mohamed Siad Barre. Visit the market and indulge with the locals as they teach you more about their culture. Get to buy food spices, for Somalia is well known for that and enjoy their great coffee and buy stuff to take home from their local market.
- Italian Lighthouse Also known as Mogadishu lighthouse. One of the major landmarks in Mogadishu.
- Jazeera Beach| Jazeera Beach is a beach which overlooks the Somali Sea near the city of Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Here, thousands of people gather to relax on weekends as part of Somali seagoing culture.
- National Theatre of Somalia | It opened in 1967, and served as an important cultural landmark in the national capital. The institution closed down after the start of the civil war in the early 1990s, but was later intermittently renovated by the local authorities.
- Hawo Tako | In memory of Hawo Tako (died 1948) who was a prominent Somali activist.
National Museum of Somali |established in 1933 by the colonial authorities in Italian Somaliland. After shutting down operations in 1991, it later reopened, and presently houses a number of important historical artefacts.
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