Are you looking for a new place to explore? Why not try Monrovia? Monrovia or the City of Monrovia, is the capital city of Liberia, and was named in honor of former U.S. President James Monroe, who was a supporter of the colonization of Liberia. Monrovia is Liberia’s cultural, political, and financial hub, and with the city’s population making up 29% of the country’s total population, Monrovia is Liberia’s most populous city.
When in Monrovia, be sure to check out its several districts, all spread out across the Mesurado peninsula. Among the neighborhoods and suburbs within the city include: Bakoi, Banjoa, Crown Hill, Doin Town, Duala, Matadi, New Kru Town, Vai Town, and Virginia, among others.
During your stay in Monrovia, it is noticeable that it has a tropical monsoon climate, with rains averaging 5,100 mm or 200 in. in a year. It is also considered as the wettest capital city, in comparison to any other capital in the world, as it receives more annual rain on average. Monrovia has both dry and wet seasons but having more rain on average; it is not uncommon for rain to be seen even during the drier months. The whole city’s temperature can average at a constant rate of 26 degrees Celsius, or 79 degrees Fahrenheit.
What to see & do
Among the city of Monrovia’s many attractions include the Liberian National Museum, the Masonic Temple, and the Waterside Market, in addition to numerous beaches. Monrovia also features the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, as well as the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex sports stadium.
The Liberian National Museum or the National Museum of Liberia, was partly funded by UNESCO, and was constructed with the thoughts of preserving and displaying the country’s historical and cultural items and artifacts that are important to show Liberia’s heritage.
The Masonic Order of Liberia, is a fraternal organization, that is based upon the principles of freemasonry. It has been known to limit its members to America-Liberians. Though nowadays it no longer has any political power, it used to be very influential with the True Whig party ruling, from the founding, up until the Samuel Doe coup of 1980.
The Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, or the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, is located in Paynesville, Liberia. It was built in the late 80s to serve as a multi-purpose stadium that houses mainly football matches, and track. It is one of the largest stadiums in the whole of Africa with its capacity to seat approximately 40,000 spectators.
Another stadium within Monrovia is the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, it is smaller than the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex, but this multi-purpose hall also features mostly football matches, with a seating capacity of 10,000.
If any of the above mentioned attractions does not satisfy your hunger for the many gems that Monrovia has to offer, it is advised to also take part in social impact tours, to visit most of the country’s innovative social and economic changers. This specially curated tour focuses on social impact and development within Liberia.
How to get around within Monrovia
Getting around Monrovia can be a bit challenging, let us help you as we go through the many points of the city. The whole of Monrovia is connected through a systematic network of roads as well as railways. It also features a boat link through the city’s Freeport of Monrovia. The city is served by both private taxis and minibuses that serve the entire city, together with larger buses that are run by the city’s Monrovia Transit Authority.
How to get there
Monrovia is also served by the Roberts International Airport and Spriggs Payne Airport, with the Roberts International Airport being the largest international airport in Liberia. The airlines that fly to and from the destination include: Air Côte d'Ivoire, Arik Air, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Eagle Atlantic Airlines, Gambia Bird, Kenya Airways, and Royal Air Maroc.
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