Senegal’s African Renaissance Monument
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Taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty and Rio de Janeiro’s Cristo Redentor, the 49-meter (160-foot) African Renaissance Monument or Le Monument de la Renaissance Africaine in Dakar, Senegal, is Africa’s tallest statue. The statue overlooks the Atlantic Ocean from atop one of two twin hills and was completed in 2010 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence from France.
Though subject to criticism for its large cost and foreign designers, the statue remains a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.