Gbadolite, Democratic Republic of Congo: Bamboo Palace

Once a manifestation of a dictator’s greed, Bamboo Palace is now a derelict hideout and could be considered a warning sign to malevolent leaders. (Not that that they would heed it.) When it was home to President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, Bamboo Palace was equipped with every extravagant comfort one can dream up, including a runway that could accommodate the Concorde for when Mombutu fancied a shopping fling in Paris.

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