Mogadishu (Somali: Muqdisho; Arabic: مقديشو‎ Maqadīshū) is the official capital of Somalia, a major battleground of the civil war which has ravaged the country since 1991.

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Al-furat Hotel

Located in the center of the city, just opposite the parliament building and along Number 4. The security is excellent and anyone entering the building is thoroughly searched, even laptops are inspected and switched on. Its restaurant is not the best and its pricey (this whole area of Mogadishu is up town and more expensive than other parts of Mogadishu). It offers good, fast internet connection, your room will have Satellite Tv, with 24hr room service, and rooms are comfortable, with good shower room.

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Ruins of Mogadishu Cathedral

Built during the colonial years of Italian Somaliland, the Cathedral has barely survived the decades of civil war. It was badly damaged during fighting in the 1990s, then severely bombed by Islamists in 2008. Some stone walls and arches remain as testament to the old building. The new Somali Government has mentioned the possibility of rebuilding the Cathedral as a sign of religious harmony.

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Jazeera Palace Hotel

By all accounts the best hotel in Mogadishu, frequented by business travelers and high-profile visitors alike. Security is a priority with walls that enclose the hotel as well as armed guards. Still, it was attacked in July 2015 by armed militants resulting in several causalities. The hotel includes two on-site restaurants.

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Sahafi Hotel

One of the best hotels in Mogadishu. The manager is very helpful, the staff are attentive and the food is good. Although the compound is probably your safest bet, if there is such a thing, in Mogadishu a BBC producer was shot dead in front of the hotel in 2005, and two French citizens were abducted by gunmen in 2009.

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Arba-Rucun Mosque

Owing to the city's Islamic heritage, one of few things the city's various warlords can agree on, this 1269 mosque has been luckier than the neighbouring cathedral, and is one of very few buildings in the historic center which is not a ruin. It's said to have been built by a direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammed.

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Jaziira Livestock market

Offers a booming camel market, as well as cows, sheep, and goats. Animals are fed before exporting them to Middle east Markets. You will find different breeds from the Somali Cattle breed to the Ethiopian Borana Cattle the Camel market you can enjoy the fresh taste of the camel milk.

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Liido Beach

Built for the Italian Colonialists, also known as ''Mogadishu Miami Beach''. It is Popular with foreign tourists and overseas Somalis. The area offers cheap seafood, nice resorts, swimming and sandy Indian Ocean beaches. The famous Anglo-American Club is Located here.

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Telecommunication Headquarter

Located near the airport, this place is secure, customer friendly and business oriented. You can visit them and enjoy the view of the beach from the top of the roof where you can see planes taking off and the Indian Ocean. Make sure you contact them in advance.

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Jaziira Beach

Lovely and quiet place with resorts, hotels and restaurants with a white, sandy, sunny beach that is popular with everyone. Attractions include a small island where you can take pictures and go for a boat ride.

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Peace Hotel

This luxury hotel is located close to the airport with views of the Indian Ocean in a nice upper class neighborhood. It is popular with UN aid workers and foreigners, and has a focus on customer safety.

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Hotel Shamo

Large rooms, with air conditionned, wi-fi and electricity 24 hours a day. The restaurant is extremely decent, and serve lobster when available at the fish market. The hotel is also relatively safe.

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Black Hawk Down Crash Site

A security guard is absolutely required. Located inside The Bakara Market. There are Plans to collect the ruins in a safe area so that people can easily see it with out protection.

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Mogadishu Fish Market

Built with thanks to UK-Somalia, the fish market is thriving. For visitors who have seen the famous "Mogadishu Fish Picture" and want to try it for themselves, good luck.

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City Plaza Hotel

This hotel is located in a very secure place, with excellent food, and is popular with UN workers, foreign workers, foreign tourists, and business people from abroad.

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Aaran Guest House

Affordable, very foreign friendly, and excellent food. They take the safety of their customers to another level. Favored by UK travelers.

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Syl Hotel

A five star hotel where government dignitaries stay. Located near beach resorts, offering cozy rooms and conference rooms.

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Central Hotel

Cheap hotel, excellent food. It is where government elites come do business apart from their particular ministries.

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Banadir Governor Office

The government building where the governor stays. Nice for taking pictures or a talk with the friendly staff.

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The Village

Has several outlets, including at the airport. Main restaurant is centrally located next to the bus terminal.

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Liido Seafood Restaurant

Offers both local and international delicacies, especially seafood related. Popular with foreign tourists.

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Mogadishu Lighthouse

Italian colonial lighthouse that has been in ruins since the war, yet still retains its charm.

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Hotel Nasa-Hablod

Restaurant, meeting rooms, safe box, TV, internet access, air-con.

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Oriental Hotel

Offers excellent food and security. Just for business travelers.

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Arch of Triumph

Triumph Arc built by the Italians in 1936.

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Istanbul Restaurant

Serves both local and Turkish food.

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Abdille Nuradin's Bar

1000 shln per drink.

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Old Shanghai City

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About Mogadishu

Mogadishu is a huge city with a population of over 3 million people. A devastating civil war that began in 1991 has ruined this once beautiful city, leaving little but ruins left. Since 1991, various Islamist and/or clan or warlord-affiliated militias have had control over different parts of the city. A few months of relief were given in 2006 when the Union of Islamic Courts took full control. Ethiopia invaded Somalia six months later and re-instated the western-backed Transitional Federal Government. The hard-line Islamist group Al-Shabab gradually took control over Mogadishu until the government only controlled a few square blocks. A counter-offensive, supported by a lot of African Union troops cleared the city of militants in August 2011. Bombings and shootings are still commonplace but open warfare have for now ceased. There is reason for optimism, however, as foreign direct investment has increased, and at least twenty embassies have re-opened. The book ''Black Hawk Down'' by Mark Bowden gives a detailed and a very accurate description of the lawlessness in Mogadishu during the early years of civil war.

Source: wikivoyage