Brazzaville is the capital of the Republic of the Congo, in central Africa. It’s on the Congo River, opposite Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Just outside the city are the Congo Rapids. The cylindrical Nabemba Tower overlooks the river in the city center. The marble Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza Memorial contains the remains of the city’s founder. Nearby is the Modernist Basilique Sainte-Anne.
The basilica is known for its striking green-tiled roof and pointed arches. Other notable places of worship include the huge Grand Mosque, with colorfully painted minarets. Statues adorn the facade of the hilltop, late-19th-century Sacré – Coeur Cathedral. The Case de Gaulle is a house designed as a WWII residence for Charles de Gaulle by French architect Roger Erell. Art exhibitions, film screenings and concerts take place at the Congo French Institute. In the city’s west, the modern Marché Total is a market with stalls selling produce, meat, fish and household goods.