48 Hours In Windhoek, Namibia

By Dana Sanchez Published: February 26, 2017, 1:01 am
48 Hours In WindhoekMeteorite sculpture, Windhoek. Photo: Mapio.net

48 Hours In Windhoek

Namibia is one of youngest countries in the world, gaining independence in 1990. Its capital is the place to experience its modern culture and energy. Begin at the Post Street Mall, Windhoek’s main shopping district. There you’ll find a sculpture made from 33 meteorites that dumped 21 tons of mostly ferrous iron rocks some 600 million years ago. The Nama people discovered the meteorites and turned the fragments into weapons and tools. Today, pieces are incorporated in local jewelry designs. You’ll probably notice colonial buildings designed by German architect Willi Sander at the turn of the 20th century. The roofs are pitched in European style to prevent snow accumulation. Snow is exceptionally rare in Namibia’s hot, semi-arid climate.

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