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» Historic Askari Monument, Dar es Salaam

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Of the numerous must visit places for tourists visiting the city of Dar es Salaam, one of the most popular attractions & a historically important site is the Askari Monument.

It is said that the Askari Monument stands on the exact location where the statue of Major Herman Von Wissmann once stood. A German soldier & explorer, Major Wissmann in the year 1895 became the Governor of German East Africa. In the year 1911, the very first statue of this German soldier was erected in order to celebrate the German’s victory in the year 1888. However, in the year 1916 when Dar es Salaam was captured by the British, the statue was demolished.

The Askari Monument that presently stands at this place is completely cast in bronze. The statue depicts a soldier or Askari as he is known wearing a World War I uniform, with the bayonet of his rifle pointed towards the harbor nearby.

The Askari Monument was built to commemorate the native African troops & all the other men who served the army & fought & died for their country during the Great War of 1914 – 1918. Legends suggest that the inscription appearing in English & Swahili was written by the world-famous poet & writer Rudyard Kipling.

Owing to the various significant legends associated with the Askari Monument, it today has become one of the most well known historic spots of the city of Dar es Salaam.