Abuja - capital of Nigeria
Abuja, capital of Nigeria, recently acquiredthe status of the main city of the state. In the near future, it will mark the 25th anniversary of the "office". The first capital was Lagos, located 800 kilometers from the new center, selected by the President.
The president claimed that histhe choice fell on Abuja, for the reasons that the city retains an ethnic neutrality. In the current circumstances it is very important to ensure that no ethnic or religious groups are dominant.
Known Abuja base year - 1828, as well as the namefounder - Abu Ja. That's it became the name of the settlement, which at first looked like a fortified military camp. Only later it was to grow rapidly, turning into a major economic and cultural center.
As the city was built quite recently, it has the correct layout, a lot of beautiful architectural structures, which will eventually turn into monuments of culture.
The mosque and the church
Trying to remain neutral Abuja authorities has led to the fact that the city has: the National Mosque and National Church.
Construction of the mosque ended in 1984, it isreligious building can be found at a distance of interesting architecture and multitude of the faithful on their way to prayer. View her domestic refined decor are representatives of other faiths and even atheists. In addition to the mosque, there is a museum, though small, but showing a collection of local pottery, stone engravings. However, the entrance of women into the mosque is forbidden.
In 2005 in the state capital, and appearedNational Church, as the country is home to quite a number of Christian believers. It attracts the attention of not only the church building, but the bell tower, equipped with five bells. The pride of the church - an exquisite stained glass, body, and a choir.
Natural monuments of the capital
One of them - Zuma Rock. It is a granite monolith height of more than one thousand meters in length - more than seven hundred. He has called the "Gateway to Abuja 'm shown in the local bill. Nigerians consider it sacred, because they see in the center of a person's face of the monolith.
Enterprising locals have already doneZuma Rock a popular tourist destination, one of the main natural attractions. Therefore we organized here hotel, restaurants, guided tours in the surroundings of the mysterious natural object.