Conakry is the capital and largest city of Guinea. It occupies the Kaloum Peninsla that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean. The city has close to two million inhabitants (2012 estimate), representing about a quarter of the population of Guinea.
Conakry originally occupied the tiny Tombo Island. Since then it has grown to occupy the neighboring Kaloum Peninsula, with the urban area stretching for 36 kilometers (22 mi) but is only between 0.2 to 6 km (660 ft to 20,000 ft) wide. It was established after the British ceded Tombo Island to the French in 1887.
Conakry was made the capital of French Guinea in 1904, and after independence, the capital of present-day Guinea. Conakry also has its share of political violence, the most recent was in 2009, when the military junta opened fire on protesters in the city, killing 157 people.
The Conakry International Airport (CKY), also called the Gbessia International Airport, receives flights from Abidjan, Bamako, Banjul, Bissau, Brussels, Casablanca, Cotonou, Dakar, Freetown, Libreville, Lome’, Monrovia, Nouakchott and Paris.
Places of Interest in Conakry
1. Casa de Belle Vue
2. Cathe’drale Sainte-Marie
3. Center Culturel Franco Guineen
4. Conakry Botanical Garden
5. Conakry Grand Mosque
6. Conakry National Museum
7. Madina Market
8. Monument du 22 Novembre 1970
9. Niger Market
10. Palais de Nations
11. Presidential Palace
12. Palais du Peuple