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Explore – Other Historical Monuments
Sierra Leone’s capital also offers many other interesting monuments and sights for history buffs. The ruins of Old Fourah Bay College, the first European-style university in West Africa, and the Courts of Justice are other must-sees when touring the city, along with quaint stone churches and bustling museums and markets. Freetown boasts a diverse mix of architecture that can be seen dotted across this fascinating, historical hotspot.
St John’s Maroon Church is one of the oldest churches in the country. It was built in 1820 by freed Jamaican slaves, the Maroon community who were expert stone masons.
For train enthusiasts, the Sierra Leone National Railway Museum is a must-see. The museum boasts an impressive collection of locomotives and coaches. Visitors can join a guided tour to learn about the history of railways in the country and other notable events such as the visit of Queen Elizabeth II.
For history lovers, don’t miss a stop in at the Sierra Leone National Museum. Here, visitors can learn about the country’s history long before its tragic slave trade and colonial past on guided tours. The museum houses artworks, rare artefacts, traditional clothing and even fascinating, traditional full-body masks as well as nomoli, +500-year-old stone sculptures thought to be revered as mini-gods.
The Wharf Steps and Old Guard House were built in 1818 during the time of Governor Charles MacCarthy. Sometimes they’re referred to as the Portuguese steps – incorrectly! The steps are said to be one of the oldest brick structures in Freetown. The steps are significant as most new arrivals to the city began their new life by climbing these steps to freedom.