Do you believe this once was a luxury 5 star hotel? Take a peek inside the famous Ducor Hotel

Ducor was built by Israeli builder Moshe Mayer in 1960 on the highest point of Monrovia, and it was the first 5-star hotel in Africa.

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A sink and bathtub in the dilapidated Ducor Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia EPA/NIC BOTHMA

When you see all the moss and vegetation growing in a room, you can hardly believe that you are in the formerly most luxurious hotel on the African continent. The Ducor Hotel was once the most prominent hotel in Africa.

Ducor was built by Israeli builder Moshe Mayer in 1960 on the highest point of Monrovia, and it was the first 5-star hotel in Africa.

A general view of the pool area of the dilapidated Ducor Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia EPA/NIC BOTHMA

The building overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the Saint Paul River and Monrovia’s West Point district. Frequented by politicians, diplomats and business people from across the continent and abroad, the hotel was a shinning example of the prosperous years in West Africa at the time.

Vegetation growing in the third floor of the dilapidated Ducor Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia EPA/NIC BOTHMA

It hosted many important meetings between African leaders. Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is said to have swum in its pool while carrying his gun.

A stairway leading from the Foyer to the first floor of the dilapidated Ducor Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia EPA/NIC BOTHMA

The hotel closed in 1989. It was used by former Liberian president Charles Taylor’s fighters as a firing position due to its vantage point on the highest hill in Monrovia during the siege of Monrovia by rebel forces in 2003.

A general view down a corridor on the second floor of the dilapidated Ducor Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia EPA/NIC BOTHMA

In the postwar time, displaced residents of many of Monrovia’s slums began to occupy the hotel’s empty rooms. In 2008, the Government of Liberia signed a lease agreement with the Government of Libya, who began clearing the property of debris in 2010.

A general view of the pool area of the dilapidated Ducor Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia EPA/NIC BOTHMA

The project was delayed several times before finally being abandoned upon Liberia’s severing of diplomatic relations with the Gaddafi government following the outbreak of the 2011 Libyan civil war.

A general view of a corridor on the second floor of the dilapidated Ducor Hotel in Monrovia, Liberia EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Since then thick tropical vegetation surrounding it has invaded every crevice, corner and floor of the deserted art deco styled landmark.

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