Maseru is the capital of Lesotho
Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, also serves as the administrative region of the same name. In addition, it is the largest city in the African state; it acquired the capital status in 1966, when another country on the Black Continent gained independence. The name of the capital is translated from the local Sesotho language as «place, territory of red sandstone». Indeed, the land around Maseru has an unusual reddish brick hue..
Yesterday and today
One of the local kings, Mosheshwe I, is considered the founder of the city, and a significant event took place back in 1869. True, then one could only dream of independence, since the territories were under the protectorate of Great Britain. Maseru got the role of the capital of the protectorate.
The population increased significantly when the state took an independent road. Today, every tenth inhabitant of Lesotho lives in the capital.
Maseru, of course, cannot be compared with many African capitals in terms of the number of historical monuments and attractions. But even here you can find unusual natural objects, interesting architectural structures, artifacts related to the history of these lands..
Tourists who have already visited the capital of Lesotho say that the most beautiful photos are taken at the Taba Bossiu mountain peak. This natural formation with a height of 1804 meters has a peculiar shape - its top is flat-cut. The area of the plateau is 2 sq. km.
Locals say that the first unique place was discovered by King Moshoesho, he made it a kind of refuge for himself and his Basuto people. During the excursion, you can learn many facts about the life of the first inhabitants of the mountain, see ancient ruins and the final resting place of the inhabitants.
In travel brochures, you can find a description of the unusual architectural structures of Maseru:
- The Royal Palace, reminiscent of a fashionable villa;
- The Towers of Quilone, shaped like the traditional headdress of the Basuto people;
- The Citadel of King Moshoesho;
- Basuto craft center.
The latter in appearance resembles the traditional huts of the indigenous inhabitants of the country, it is here that the national flavor is most fully felt. In the craft center, you can spend time interestingly, buy souvenirs, although tourists note that prices are much higher than in the city..