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  • bluebay06
    La Spezia, Italy1,619 contributions
    The Maputo Central Train Station, or CFM (Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique) as written under the clock on the 51 m high central dome of the station, is quite possibly the most beautiful monument in Maputo and a fine example of colonial era architecture in Africa. The platforms are also decorated and well maintained. On the platform, which is on the left as you enter, there was a long line of large photos of stations with some resemblance built in the rest of the world. Definitely worth a visit and gives the opportunity to take interesting photos.
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • Lindy
    Plettenberg Bay, South Africa17 contributions
    The stained windows and unusual architecture were quite simply, stunning. Even though they were busy with some maintenance, it still couldn't detract from the experience. This stop has to be added to your visit to Maputo!
    Written 30 September 2022
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  • Jurgen B
    Brussels, Belgium2,711 contributions
    We liked this austere church, and especially the stairs. It's very central in The Baixa quarter and close to other things you might want to look at.
    Written 17 November 2022
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  • Jurgen B
    Brussels, Belgium2,711 contributions
    We found the cultural center next door a nicer building. This one is of course special and you'll see it on your walking tour
    Written 17 November 2022
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,414 contributions
    Once the center of Portugese colonial power in Southern Africa, this huge square has lost significance as the modern center shifted more towards the southeast and north parts of the city.

    As with most streetnames in Maputo the name of the square was changed after independence in 1975. Formerly it was called Mouzinho de Albuquerque square. The statue of the former governor was replaced by one of Samora Machel (first president of independent Mozambique). If you are interested Mouzinho de Albuquerque on his horse can still be 'admired' in the Fortaleza (fort) museum. It is much smaller than the giant statue of Machel made in North Korea.

    If you visit, take an umbrella with you for protection against the sun, as there is no shade at the square.
    Written 26 February 2022
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  • bluebay06
    La Spezia, Italy1,619 contributions
    Fortress of Our Lady of the Conception is none other than the latest reconstruction of a fortress destroyed several times in the wars with the Dutch and the French. This small fortress is now the Museum of Military History and is accessed by paying a small ticket. In addition to a number of cannons you can see the bronze equestrian statue of Joaquim Augusto Mouzinho de Albuquerque, the governor general of Mozambique who defeated Ngungunyane, last king of the Empire of Gaza. This scene is visible in a bronze sculpture which was part, as the equestrian statue, of the monument built to him in a square with his name at the center of Lourenço Marques, (now Praça da Independência). A statue of António José Enes, High Commissioner in Mozambique, was also transferred to this Museum. Therefore, if in the uncovered part of the museum the most significant monuments of the long and well-known Portuguese colonial period have been collected, the covered part of the fortress tries to tell the before and after of this period. Around King Ngungunyane there is a description of the Gaza Empire as one of the most important and militarily strong kingdoms of southern Africa, while several sculpted miniature scenes (an artistic tradition of the Southern part of Mozambique) represent the history of the territory from very ancient times to the present. With only a few scenes dedicated to the colonial period, these sculptures try to bring attention back to the its own history of the territory now called Mozambique. Interesting to visit, possibly having read a bit of the history of this country before because few are the explanations in English.
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,414 contributions
    It is estimated that about 19% of Mozambique's population is Muslim. In Maputo there has been a sizeable Islamic community for more than a century. The Jumma Mosque is the oldest place of worship in the city. It dates from the 1890s.

    I found the people in the mosque welcoming and friendly. There was a relaxed atmosphere, In contrast to the surroundings, the place is kept very clean and tidy.
    Written 21 February 2022
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,414 contributions
    During the 1930s until liberation in 1974 this villa with its beautiful azulejos (blue decorative tiles), was used by Pide, the feared Portugese secret police. Pide targeted anyone who rose up against colonial rule. Not just people who took up arms, but also writers and poets like José Craveirinha and Malangatana, who later both wrote about how they were tortured here.

    Currently the villa is left in ruins. Restoration does not seem to be a priority of the Mozambican government. Do they want people to forget about the past?
    Written 21 February 2022
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  • Govindaraj P
    Chennai (Madras), India60 contributions
    We had good visit of the stadium and motivated to have one loop run on the course. I felt so happy after the walk for 90 minutes and a full run on the course.
    Written 20 May 2018
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  • bluebay06
    La Spezia, Italy1,619 contributions
    Located in the center of Praça da Independência, this large bronze statue weighing almost 5 tons was made in North Korea. With the City Hall behind it, the statue of the first president of independent Mozambique is located on a marble slab and has replaced the much smaller equestrian statue of Joaquim Augusto Mouzinho de Albuquerque, the governor general of Mozambique who had defeated the last king of Gaza. The state was inaugurated in 2011 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of President Samora Machel's death in a plane crash.
    Written 1 October 2022
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  • Francesca D
    Maputo, Mozambique14 contributions
    I lived for two years near to the cemetery and could watching it from the top.
    The cemetery is in a very bad state, and now is the house of homeless people, plus it used for hiding by little criminals that steel bags and cell phones. I would say that if one wants to go there it would be better to go with someone who knows the place. The islamic cemetery at the side is in a much better shape than this.
    Written 26 July 2016
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  • Robert O
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,414 contributions
    Following Avenida Samora Machel from downtown (Baixa) Maputo up to Independence square you will find this old neoclassical style building where the Conselho Municipal de Maputo is housed. The palace-like structure dates from 1947 and was once the heart of the colonial city. It still looks grand, though it is in desperate need of a make-over.
    Written 28 February 2022
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