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5 Unusual Buildings in Africa

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1. Pineapple building

This building is three stories tall, and was constructed by members of Bathurst’s agricultural community in the 1980s. It was made of metal and fibreglass.It was built to commemorate the breakthrough after a difficult farming situation experenced by farmers in the 18th century, which came when pineapples were planted.The building houses a museum dedicated to the fruit with a variety of pineapple products available for sale.There’s a replica of the building in Australia, however, the Big Pineapple is taller by over two feet and hence it has the title as the World’s Largest Pineapple.

2.The Shoe House

This architectural wonder was built in 1990 by an artist and hotelier, Ron Van Zyl for his wife. The building is located in Ohrigstad, and nestled at the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains, the about 8-chalet guest house contains a campsite, restaurant, a pool and a bar. It also has a museum that showcases wood carvings of Van Zyl.

3. Nabemba Tower

Nabemba Tower is an office skyscraper located in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo. The bjilding, which is also known as the Elf Tower, this , is the tallest building in the Republic of Congo, as well as Central Africa.The tower was designed by Marie Legrand during the government’s five-year plan and was built between 1983 and 1986. It is106 metres with about 30 floors. It houses various ministries and other organisations such as the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) and UNESCO

4. Kagga Kamma

This building is located in the peaceful southern Cederberg Mountains, in South Africa, a historical area that was once home to the traditional Bushmen.The unusual hotel buildings were built to blend with the natural environment, particularly, the rocks,and itas renowed for
its scenic beauty and cultural heritage
The hotel houses hundreds of San rock and Bushman paintings, dating to 6000 years ago.Its unique cave suites, private lodge, and chalets have attracted many people to the site, making it a unique safari destination in South Africa.

5. St Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Abidjan. It was designed by Italian architect Aldo Spirit, completed in 1985, and was blessed on two occasions by Pope John Paul.It was the second largest church building in Africa as at 2002, and one of the largest cathedrals in the world, estimated at $12 million.



Image 1: Pineapple building in South Africa — Travelstart

Image 2: The Shoe Guest House —

Image 3: Nabemba Tower — Bankelele

Image 4: Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve — Wildlife South Africa

Image 5: St Paul’s Cathedral — Dissolve

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