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Still damaged by the civil wars and unrest that have marked its history, Bissau is a city in the midst of reconstruction. The city is home to many monuments and museums, including the Guinea-Bissau National Arts Institute, the newly rebuilt Bissau French Cultural Centre, the Pidjiguiti Memorial, honoring those killed in the 1959 Bissau Dockers' Strike, and the Centro Artistico Juvenil, where local youth artisans create works of art on site. Local beaches provide a relaxing respite from the heat.