Rutovu Monument

Rutovu Monument, Pyramid, Burundi, Africa

Public Art: Rutovu Monument (aka Rutovu Pyramid)

Architect: Unknown

Date: 1938

Description: Stone pyramid

Location: At the commune of Rutovu, perched high at the summit of Mount Kikizi, (2,145 m), 114km from Bujumbura, Burundi .

Commissioned by: Local Authorities

History: The symbolic stone pyramid, known as the Rutovu Monument, was erect in 1938, in honour of the discovery made by German explorer, Burckhard Waldecker in 1934. Waldecker had discovered a small trickle of water which turned out to be the farthest headstream of the Nile River. Dr Livingstone, so close and yet so far!.  The small trickle develops into a stream then changes its name successively to Kasenyi, Kasumo, Kigira, Ruvyironza, Ruvubu, Kagera, Lake Victoria, Victoria Nile, Lake Kyoga, and Lake Albert, before finally becoming the mighty Nile, traveling for 6,700 km (passed Egypt’s famous pyramids) on its way to freedom, into the Mediterranean. Although Lake Victoria is commonly considered to be the source of the Nile, the Kagera River flows for 429 miles (690 km) before reaching Lake Victoria.


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