Maseru, the capital city, is generally the first stop for many tourists and offers a number of attractions.
The Basotho-hut-shaped Lesotho Evangelical church and the colonial-style Roman Catholic cathedral are monuments in honour of the Basotho who fell in the two world wars. The podium built to receive Pope John Paul II in 1988 is a monument of its time. Rural Basotho handicrafts are displayed on the streets for sale.
The weaving centres in town provide opportunities for visitors to buy high-quality wool and mohair, traditional Lesotho products. Lancer's Gap on the Berea Plateau offers fine views of the city and the Conquered Territory.