Deux Mamelles

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Deux Mamelles
The Mamelles lighthouse and the Pointe des Almadies seen from the African Renaissance Monument
Highest point
Elevation 105 m (344 ft)
Listing Breast shaped hills
Coordinates 14°44′27″N 17°31′48″W / 14.74083°N 17.53000°W / 14.74083; -17.53000Coordinates: 14°44′27″N 17°31′48″W / 14.74083°N 17.53000°W / 14.74083; -17.53000
Deux Mamelles is located in Senegal
Deux Mamelles
Deux Mamelles
First ascent Unknown
Easiest route From the Pointe des Almadies, Dakar
View of Les Mamelles from the Iles de la Madeleine

Deux Mamelles, Collines des Mamelles, or simply Mamelles are twin hills located in Ouakam, a suburban commune of Dakar, in the Cap-Vert peninsula, Senegal.

These hills are of volcanic origin[1] and they are the vestiges of a plateau from the early Quaternary.[2] The highest hill is only 105 m high, but they stand out in the landscape owing to the flat surroundings. The name of these breast shaped hills comes from the French term “Mamelle”, a name commonly applied in the French-speaking parts of the world to a breast.[3]

On the seaward hill stands a lighthouse, the Phare des Mamelles, while on the hill further ashore the African Renaissance Monument was erected and unveiled in 2010.

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  1. ^ Ali Abdallah, Sur une bombe volcanique des Mamelles (Presqu'île du Cap-Vert, Sénégal), in Notes africaines, number 118, April 1968, p. 58-60
  2. ^ Atlas du Sénégal, Éditions J. A., Paris, 2007, p. 60
  3. ^ Pinnacle Mountain State Park - Encyclopedia of Arkansas

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