We explore the 5 most breathtaking historical places to visit in Africa. Over the millennia Africa’s great civilizations have left behind fascinating historic sites. From ancient pyramids and centuries-old rock-hewn churches to castles, mosques, and palaces, Africa is home to some spectacular historic sites that are unfortunately all too often overlooked.
1. Luxor, Egypt
No list of amazing historic sites in Africa could ever be complete without Egypt. As the country is studded with awe-inspiring monuments, statues, and pyramids that date back millennia. One of the most renowned archaeological sites on Earth, Luxor has incredible temples and stone tombs for you to explore as well as some beautiful views of the Nile.
The undoubted highlight is the Valley of the Kings which is home to a staggering number of rock tombs that once hosted the remains of Pharaohs and their dazzling treasures.
2. Lalibela, Ethiopia
Gazing for the first time upon Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches is a moment that will live forever in your memory. Built between the seventh and thirteenth centuries, the ‘New Jerusalem’ is full of twisting tunnels, elaborate architecture and majestic courtyards, and, as the churches are still used to this day, you’ll come across lots of white-robe-clad pilgrims. One of the most spectacular historic sites not just in Africa but the world.
3. The Great Mosque of Djenne, Mali
An astounding building to behold, the Great Mosque is one of the continent’s most remarkable landmarks–it is made entirely out of earth. Originally built in the 13th century, the current mosque dates to 1907 and each year the entire town gathers to carry out repairs at a lively local festival.