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National Heroes Acre, Harare

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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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  • I enjoyed the experience at the Heroes acre, I understood the countries liberation struggle to independence. The only piece missing was Robert Mugabe the true son of Africa, I wish he was buried... 
    I enjoyed the experience at the Heroes acre, I understood the countries liberation struggle to independence. The only piece missing was Robert Mugabe the true son of Africa, I wish he was buried...  more »
  • 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
    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 »
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  • Had a wonderful time with a friend visiting from abroad. Marble (our guide) is very knowledgeable, friendly and has a great sense of humour! Highly recommend.
  • The explanations were excellent, a heritage site to visit time and again.

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