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- 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 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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 2016This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.