Fortress of Maputo
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The1True
Maputo, Mozambique91 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
They've got some pretty old cannons here which are neat to look at. Not exactly the funnest part of town to visit or park in, but you've got to do it at least once! There's some really interesting and informative exhibits explaining the formation of Maputo city over the last 500 years, it would be really great if SOMEONE WOULD FIND THE TIME TO TRANSLATE THEM INTO ENGLISH!!! Seriously guys. Tourism.
Written July 12, 2019
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matthemj
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
The Tour guide that we had, had such knowledge of the history of the old fort and the different nations that had used the fort. There is so much history in such a small area. It is a must if you are ever in Maputo.
Written January 15, 2019
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Premilla
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The Fortress was amazing and carried so much history. It was very interesting to see the different artefacts and artillery on display. It filled us with a sense of wonder about how the wars were fought and how they defended themselves. It was absolutely intriguing to see the huge rocks that were used by slingshot to fight enemies off. The shells are huge as well. The statues spoke an interesting language of it's own by telling a story of the people who were directly involved in the battle. You don't really need a guide as it is self explanatory. There are posters, boards and writing all over which point out the rich history. The assistants were very helpful and even allowed free entry to pensioners! Just beware of the robber taxis outside the fortress. They steal your money, especially if you are a pensioner!
Written March 1, 2024
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bluebay06
La Spezia, Italy2,209 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
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 October 1, 2022
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noor
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
Good place to visit , no guides help you , but it's okay , good , i was there with my friend and we enjoy the visit , you can take good photos , but there is no park for car there , so you should take care
Written December 30, 2021
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VGriet
Leuven, Belgium336 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Quick visit to the fortress.
It is indeed not big, but hardly costs anything (50 Mt pp)... so why not visit and support its maintenance.
Interesting display of Mozambique's history through puppet displays/ maquettes
Written November 2, 2021
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michael c
Stockholm, Sweden1,033 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Of course you must not miss the old Portuguese Fortress of Maputo. It is actually quite small and can be covered in less than an hour.
Written January 21, 2020
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Guy Bernard
Rueil-Malmaison, France9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Quiet place to visit. Interesting temporary exhibitions. At this moment are shown some expressive photographies of godmothers of portuguese soldiers portrayed after independence war.
Written October 30, 2018
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kiltmaker2
Evanston, IL14,636 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
This fortress is an early 18th century historical site converted to a museum with a cavalry officer statue.
Written September 27, 2018
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