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Country: Senegal
City: Dakar
Duration: 5 Hour(s) - 0 Minute(s)
Tour Category: Half Day Tour

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Kermel Market

A heritage in the world

Half a day to stroll through some special places not far from the hotels

Located in the city of Dakar in the heart of the historic Plateau district, the Kermel market is a Senegalese gem dating from the colonial era.

Built in 1860, the market consists of a pretty round hall in wrought iron and Arabic-inspired bricks.

The Kermel market has retained its charm, in particular thanks to its architecture and its thousand and one colors. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978.

In 1993, the market was the victim of a fire of rare violence and reduced to ashes. After three years of inactivity, the European Development Fund and Luxembourg Cooperation are jointly financing the work to reconstruct the market.

A flower in the city

The work was entrusted to a Senegalese company in 1996 in the presence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg.

The company engaged in heritage conservation will raise this phoenix from its ashes. In 1997, the Kermel market was inaugurated, marking the resumption of its activities.

In 2005, under the leadership of the painter Kalidou Kassé, Eiffage Senegal contributed to the holding of the artistic event called "Kermel in Flowers". Through this cultural event, the company wanted to celebrate once again the rebirth of this coveted market which is the pride of locals and the pleasure of tourists.

the tour of the complex will guide us to meet different traders sharing this space in an unusual atmosphere.

From the vendors of fruits and vegetables, to the painters and sculptors, aside the fresh seafood at the butcher's shop, but also all kinds of condiments and spices flavors.

This symbolic gesture was a fine tribute to the company's civic commitment to the safeguard and popularization of Senegalese cultural heritage.

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