Top 10 Iconic Places

Posted Thursday, 09 July 2020

Icon Status Check! These places are instantly recognizable with deep historic and cultural connections. Each has their own unique story.

National Museum
Located in Onikan, Lagos Island, the Nigerian National Museum founded in 1957, houses collections of Nigerian art, including pieces of statuary and carvings and archeological and ethnographic exhibits.

National Theatre
You can't miss this amazing exterior architectural structure in Iganmu, Lagos. Built in 1976, this cultural landmark was established as the primary centre for the performing arts.

Cathedral Church of Christ
In the heart of Marina Lagos, built in 1946, lies one of the most picturesque cathedrals in Nigeria. Being one of the oldest Anglican Cathedrals in the Church of Nigeria, this amazing gothic architectural structure is not camera shy!

The Central Mosque of Lagos
From the Central Business District of Lagos Island, comes a home to the Chief Imam of Lagos. It was constructed in 1908 but then later restructured into a modern architectural style in 1988. This place of worship has four prominent minarets situated in the four angles of the building.

Badagry Heritage Museum
The former office of the British Colonial Government in Badagry was built in 1863 and now serves as a mini museum displaying slavery artifacts from the pre and post-slavery eras in Nigeria. This heritage site has about nine galleries that house hundreds of artefacts, historical relics and comprehensive exhibitions on the transatlantic slave trade in West Africa.

Freedom Park
Once Her Majesty’s Broad Street Prisons in 1882, Freedom Park was converted in 2010 to a National Memorial, Arts and Recreation Centre. This was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence from colonial rule.

Tafawa Balewa Square
Originally Lagos Race Course in 1859, Tafawa Balewa Square was redeveloped in 1972 with an entrance with gigantic sculptures of four white horses hovering above the gate and seven red eagles. This was also the site of the independence speech delivered by Tafawa Balewa himself on 1 October 1960 to celebrate the Nigerian independence from Colonial rule and furthermore serves as a monument to the victims of the Nigerian civil war, World War I and World War II.

Jaekel House
Nestled in the Railway Compound, Ebute-Metta, is this quaint two-storey mansion built in 1898 during the colonial era. It is currently a mini museum with various artefacts of the old Railway Corporation and it showcases photographic archives dating from the 1940s to 1970s of personalities, places and historical events in pre and post-independent Nigeria.

Iga Idungaran
Iga Idungaran is the official residence of the Oba of Lagos and it loosely translates to ‘palace built on a pepper farm’ which is in reference to the history of the land being used as a pepper farm in the 15th century. It was owned by the island's first inhabitants and the palace was built in 1670 for Oba Gaboro.

The First Storey Building in Nigeria
Still kitted with the original building attributes, the first storey building in Nigeria stands at 175 years old in Badagry. It was built by the missionaries in 1845 by Reverend Henry Townsend and it remains a place of great historical significance.



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