Fortaleza of Maputo
Fortaleza of Maputo
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,437 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The site of the old Portugese fort was the scene of rivalry between different European powers during the 1600 to 1800s. The Portugese, Dutch, English and French all fought for hegenomy in the area. The structure that can be observed today was built by the Portugese and served to underscore their claim on the land. From around the 1850s a town started to develop around the fort. It was called Lourenço Marques, now Maputo.

The fort itself looks like a rather low profile military build-up with low but strong walls with guns on top surrounding a courtyard. The premises now house an interesting history museum also attractive to youngsters as figurines are used to illustrate major events in Mozambique's history (for some reason avoiding the civil war and the alliance with the Soviet Union).

Entrance fee 100 Mesticais
Written February 27, 2022
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Carolinas704
Colorado Springs, CO361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
This is a interesting place to visit. It’s very nice for families, our kids 10-14 enjoyed it. You pay 100 MT per person to enter. There is a lot of history, statues, and interesting information. It would be good for anyone local, or visiting family, or friends. Some signs are only in Portuguese, but many were translated in English as well.
Written June 26, 2021
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Rui Cardoso PT
Porto, Portugal150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Its a fortress were all the things are very well maintained. Inside there some expositions and offices and also some old weapons from the Portuguese times! The views from the top is amazing! It worth a visit if you are staying in Maputo!
Written December 7, 2018
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,575 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
For nearly three centuries this fortress has witnessed Mozambique's history! Its construction started back in 1721 and, over the centuries, it has been conquered, destroyed and reconstructed, again and again. Its privileged location, on the commercial route to the West Indies, brought armies and greedy pirates, both eager to conquer this important position. Dutchmen, Englishmen, Austrians, Frenchmen, Portugueses ... all were here. In 1946, the actual fortress - most commonly known as "Fortaleza de Maputo" - was rebuilt at its very primitive site, becoming a military museum. After Mozambique's Independence, it passed to the administration of "Universidade Eduardo Mondlane", responsible to maintain this important landmark of its history, as well as its collections. The visit does not take long and don't miss, at the inner patio, the equestrian statue (4,9m high) of "Joaquim Mouzinho de Albuquerque", the Portuguese officer who arrested the last Emperor of Gaza (Mozambique), Ngungunhane, and pacified the Province. Ironically, the coffin with Ngungunhane's remains is also deposited at the fortress (in the former chapel). A lot of history! Enjoy!
Written September 26, 2018
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blavvva
London214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
A small fortress rightly placed in the old city centre next to Mercado do Pau. A place of culture, history, and of peace now. Weaponry Statues of great historical value are displayed. More reading about the pieces displayed would be great.
Written October 18, 2014
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Art
Maputo, Mozambique63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
A lot of cannons of different sizes, ship anchors, and historical photos. A pleasant surprise in downtown Maputo.
Written May 12, 2019
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Pedro Timoteo
Maputo, Mozambique193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
Maputo Fortress, also known as Fortress of Our Lady of Conception, is a national historical monument related to the history of the Portuguese presence in Mozambique and the relations and resistance offered by the locals. The history of Maputo Fortress dates back to the late 18th century when the first Portuguese fortification at the bay began, in a context of commercial rivalry between Austrians, Dutch, French and English, who wanted to widen their influence in the area. In the 1940s and 1950s the fortress was rebuilt and valued, and a museum was set up that operated until after independence. Nowadays Fortaleza is a space of interpretation of the history of the occupation and of resistance, having its spaces adapted to receive exhibitions and events of artistic performance and of entertainment.
Written June 9, 2017
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Drew R
Exeter, UK16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016
Walls and rooms are well maintained so it's fun to be inside the fort and climb up to the parapets, and see the cannons. Much more could be made of the side rooms in the way of historical exhibits.
On entrance we were asked for donation for a ticket. We gave 100 MTN for the five of us and they seemed very happy. Didn't receive a ticket. Hope the donation made it's way to something useful.
Written March 5, 2016
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whit_zoe
London, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
Useful history lessons to be learned at Fortaleza. The central area is dotted with fragrant frangipani trees and there is an idiosyncratic collection of colonial statuary, shell casings and other relics that offer much insight into Mozambican history. Be sure to go into the perimeter galleries, where there is a mix of contemporary art, monuments and even a gravesite.
Written July 28, 2015
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Nicqi_m
Johannesburg, South Africa37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012
This is probably the most visited tourist spot in Maputo. If you go on a Sunday there is a flea market right in front. There is no charge to go in, but you can make a donation for the upkeep of the fort. Nice to visit
Written November 6, 2012
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