International Day for Monuments and Sites

By Nkem Egenuka on Tue, 18/04/2017 - 17:37

18th of April marks the International Day for Monuments and Sites, whose establishment was approved by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983.

The aim is to encourage local communities and individuals around the world to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their lives, identities and communities, and to promote awareness of its diversity and vulnerability and the efforts required to protect and conserve it.

Some Monuments in Nigeria

Tafawa Balewa Square

Tafawa Balewa Square is a busy central square in Lagos is used for all sorts of celebrations and official functions, and is where visitors will find many of the city's memorials and statues. It was named after Nigeria's first prime minister.  

 

Taiwo Olowo’s Monument

This monument is located in Lagos Island on Broad Street. It is believed this monument was made by melting of thousand pennies. It is home for the tomb of Late Chief Daniel Conrad Taiwo.

 

National Arts Theatre

The National Arts Theatre is the primary centre for the performing arts in Nigeria. The monument is located in Iganmu, Surulere, Lagos. The collection of National Gallery of Modern Nigerian Art is housed in a section of this building.

 

Aso Rock

Aso Rock is a large outcrop that is on the outskirts of Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. It is a 400-metre (1,300 ft) monolith and is the city's most noticeable feature.

 

Olumo Rock

Oluma Rock is located in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria. It was used as a fortress by the Egba people in the early 19th century. it has a height of 137 metres above sea level

 

Zuma Rock

Zuma Rock has to be one of the country's most recognisable and iconic natural landmarks. Located off the main Abuja to Kaduna road, this huge monolith is easily accessible to most visitors and is quite impossible to miss, often being known as the 'Gateway to Abuja' and towering more than 700 metres / 2,300 feet above the surrounding landscape.

 

Sources

whc.unesco.org

www.world-guides.com

www.naij.com

buzznigeria.com

en.wikipedia.org

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