Ville de Djibouti

Photo by Stanislaw Warwas.

Le paysage urbain historique de la ville de Djibouti et ses bâtiments spécifiques is part of the Tentative list of Djibouti in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The historic urban landscape of the city of Djibouti developed from the city’s role as capital and international commercial port since the 1890’s. Notable buildings include the Town Hall (with Yemeni influences), the “Indian House” (with Indian and Pakistani decoration), the Constitutional Council (a French colonial building) and the railway station.

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Wojciech Fedoruk

Poland - 13-Nov-18 -

Ville de Djibouti (T) by Wojciech Fedoruk

Site visited in May 2018, during extremely hot weather, which might have influenced my opinion about the capital of Djibouti. And unfortunately I cannot say many positive things about Djibouti ville. The capital is in fact ugly and disorganized, despite the fact, that the whole country is not that poor (it is very expensive even for Westerners). Goats and sheep can be seen even in the very center of the city. The historical buildings are generally in very bad condition, except a few those used by government or municipality. The description of this TWHS mentions those nice ones, like Presidential Palace or City Hall, but if you go to the main square, called la Place du 27 Juin, you will see almost nothing but mess. It is even difficult to recognize colonial heritage of the city, as historical buildings are surrounded by newer ones, without any visual integrity. The best summary of so-called “cultural landscape” of Djibouti city is the fact that it is one of few capitals that don’t have ANY museums.


The photo shows Al-Hamoudi Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in the city.

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Le paysage urbain historique de la ville de Djibouti et ses bâtiments spécifiques
Urban landscape - African
2015 Added to Tentative List

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