Brazzaville Hotels, Republic of Congo
Brazzaville Brief Introduction
Brazzaville is basically a well-established and thriving city. However, due to the civil war in 1997 the infrastructure has been badly damages but recently new hotels, restaurants and such buildings are being built.
Brazzaville is the largest city and the capital of the Republic of the Congo situated by the Congo River. The last census in 2007 found that the capital has over a million residents and increasing.
Brazzaville Brief History
The capital was founded in 1880 by an Italo-French explorer (Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza). A treaty between a local leader the French Empire has been signed putting the land under the empire’s protection.
The city was built and was protected by a small squad of soldiers who prevented it from being taken by the Belgians who were occupying Kinshasha. During the Second World War Brazzaville remained under the control of Vichy France.
Brazzaville has been frequented by conflicts between rebels and government forces, and it is where the civil war in the 1990s erupted that resulted into the deaths of thousands of civilians. However, at present, one can find development and peace leading to the establishment of industries and coming of many companies, regional NGOs and international organizations that made their headquarters there.
Brazzaville Hotels & Attractions
Attractions and Travel Sites
There are lots of historical building and structures worth seeing in this capital city. Some of them are the following:
Cathedrale Sacre-Coeur. This is a Catholic Church which offers great views of downtown area including the capital across the river, Kinshasha, etc.
Basilique Sainte-Anne of the Congo. This was built in 1949 and is considered one of the most beautiful modern churches in the world.
Palais du Peuple. It is an attractive colonial style buil in 1901 which is now being used as the presidential palace.
Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza Memorial. A marble structure built in memory of a prominent family.
Le Palais des Congres
Le Palais du Peuple
L’Ecole de Peinture de Poto Poto (painting school)
Great restaurants that offer various dishes of your choice are available. Recreational activities and outdoor sports are ideal in many places including public and private facilities.
You can reach Brazzaville from Paris and Johannesburg on certain days only. You can also get there by flying through Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Other flights from the neighboring countries also fly in and out of the capital.
A ferry can bring you to Brazzaville from Kinshasha, but you cannot take a car directly because there is no bridge between the capital and Kinshasha.
Local green taxis can bring you around the city and its corners.
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