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The Most Beautiful Buildings in Dar es Salaam

The city of Dar es Salaam has so much natural beauty, from the sandy beaches to islands gems. But this thriving metropolis still has stunning architectural structures to offer, both ancient and modern. Take a break from explore the shores of the Indian Ocean and visit some of the city’s beautiful architectural monuments. Read on to discover the towering high-rises and most beautiful buildings in Dar es Salaam. 

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Darkhana Jamatkhana

This is a religious place of worship for the Ismaili community, located on the Mosque street, close to the famous Sunni Mosque. An old architectural gem that become one of the city’s landmarks, a beacon for heritage. Best explore at night, with food vendors outside the gate selling a wide variety of Tanzanian foods. Visitors can take pictures while enjoying some Tanzanian food specialties.

Old Boma

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Old Boma, historical landmark in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. © Arlan Quinto

The Old Boma is one of the city’s oldest buildings, a historical landmark in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The building successfully escaped multiple demolition attempts, and has since been beautifully restored. Beyond its exterior architectural beauties, head inside to see the intriguing historial exhibition. Detailing the history of Dar es Salaam through the pre-colonial, German, British eras to the modern era. A top tourist activity in Dar es Salaam that will leave you with a knowledge of the country a bit better than the average tourist.

Address: Sokoine Dr, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

PSPF Twin Towers

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PSPF Twin Towers, corporate office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. © Amockz Shukry

The PSPF Twin Towers are one of the most iconic and well-known buildings in Dar es Salaam. This 35 storey twin towers construction began in 2011 and was successfully completed in 2014. A giant corporate office in Tanzania’s bustling commercial hub. Serves as office spaces, parking lot and retail stores. They are definitely had to miss when you in the city, get on the floors and enjoy endless stunning views of the Indian Ocean coastline.

Address: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Azania Front Lutheran Church

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Lutheran church in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. © Suyash Vaishnav

A stunning structure and an iconic landmark of the city. Serves as the cathedral for the local diocese of Dar es Salaam. Visitors can enjoy the sights as we well as be part of the worship and praises, great choir and sermons.

Address: Kivukoni Rd, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

State House (Ikulu)

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State House (Ikulu), government office in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. © Issa Michuzi

The building dates to the 19th century, and was then being used by the German governor during the colonial times. After series of damages, the building has been completely restored and refurnished throughout. Today serves as the official residence and workplace of the Tanzanian President. Tourists are allowed to visit the exteriors of the state house, for it is one of the few beautiful and historical buildings in the city.

Address: Barack Obama Dr, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Kunduchi Beach Hotel & Resort

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Kunduchi Beach Hotel & Resort in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. © Kunduchi Beach Hotel & Resort

This Afro-Arabian architecture is gorgeously designed like that of an Arabian palace with a spotlessly clean white wall. Situated right next to the Kunduchi beach, beautifully overlooks the Indian Ocean and also provides visitors with a magnificent view of the area. An absolute beauty beyond looks, offering an outdoor pool and a water park. The hotel is 32 km from Julius Nyerere International Airport. Easily one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, as well as one of the best Hotels in Dar Es Salaam.

Address: Kunduchi Beach Hotel and Resort, P.O. Box 361, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

National Museum

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The National Museum of Tanzania. © Lukas Engelberg

While this building might seem just like a beautiful structure outside, it contains an elaborate history of Tanzania. A classic architectural design giving visitors a valued unique history, diverse culture, and rich heritage of the nation. The National Museum and House of Culture building is definitely not to be missed when in the city.

Address: 5 Shaaban Robert St, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

St. Joseph’s Cathedral

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Catholic cathedral in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. © David Stanley/Flickr

This impressive landmark is the Roman Catholic cathedral in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It echoes the Gothic architectural style, with the stained-glass windows behind the altar. Visitors are offered a splendid guide of the property, which is why it is one of the most popular city attractions.

Address: Sokoine Dr, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania


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