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National Heroes Acre, Harare

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Cemetery · Hidden Gem · Monument
National Heroes Acre or simply Heroes Acre is a burial ground and national monument in Harare, Zimbabwe. The 23-hectare (57-acre) site is situated on a ridge seven kilometres from Harare, towards Norton. Its stated purpose is to commemorate Patriotic Front guerrillas killed during the Rhodesian Bush War, and contemporary Zimbabweans whose dedication or commitment to their country justify their interment at the shrine. Persons buried here are considered heroes by the incumbent Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front regime, which has administered the country since independence at 1980. Indeed, most of the recipients of the 'hero status' were known to be Zanu-PF sympathisers.
The actual monument itself is modeled after two AK-47s lying back-to-back; the graves are meant to resemble their magazines. The monument is an early example of work of the North Korean firm Mansudae Overseas Projects. It closely mirrors the design of the Revolutionary Martyrs' Cemetery in Taesong-guyŏk, just outside Pyongyang, North Korea.
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  • The monument itself is far from town, so grab a cab. As it's so remote, you can pay a few dollars more for them to wait for you. It was funny as the cab driver had never seen the monument before and.....  more »
  • A very serene & very well maintained site.Visited this place in the morning & could witness sunrise. It also offers enchanting city views.  more »
  • Yes! They allow all to visit their heroes. One must pay USD20 to enter
  • A must-visit site if you are in Harare. If you are touring without a guide you will need to have a good appreciation of Zimbabwean history. Pamphlets or booklets which provide details about the monument are not readily available so unguided tours can be very flat. Worth a visit non-the-less.

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