Vila Algarve
Vila Algarve
2.5
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,918 contributions
Feb 2022
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 February 21, 2022
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,565 contributions
Nov 2010
Vila Algrave is arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in Maputo- a city widely regarded as one of Africa's most appealing capital cities. An especially elegant villa, it is an impressive building even in its present, neglected condition.

I was pleased to read recently that the building we saw as a near-derelict building will now be carefully restored. The President of Mozambique himself has announced the project in recent months. Years of neglect and abandonment are not the worse that this building has seen, however. During the 1960s and 1970s, the villa was the home of the Portuguese Secret Police, and it is known that many people independence fighters were tortured here. It is to the credit of the Mozambicans that they have chosen to repair this building despite its sinister past.
Written October 19, 2011
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david84maputo
Maputo, Mozambique104 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
Stunning house with a sad past, poorly kept. It was supposed to become a museum but the house is left to squatters and in ruins.
Written August 14, 2015
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Phil G
Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia8 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
Definitely not a tourist attraction - but if you want to help the poor and needy come by on a Tuesday or Wednesday night at dusk. A ministry meets there and gives words of encouragement and food.

The place is strewn with rubbish and as I said there are homeless people living in what I would describe as the ruins. It is not a Western Tourist Attraction, but it represents some of the heart and soul of Maputo.
Written October 14, 2013
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lafforgue
Brussels, Belgium114 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
I do not understand why his house is in every guide. I ve been there with a friend and in the middle of the afternoon we have been robbed from money and credit card by the drug dealers who live there. Avid this place at any time of the day.
Written July 23, 2013
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Sekerere
Mesa, AZ86 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
This place is apparently haunted and if you read what little history is available online it is no wonder they thing this. This must have been an incredible home once, but now a site of horrors. We were allowed in by a guard and I got to wonder round the entire three floors. Wear thick soled boots if you go it because there are nails sticking out of the floors. The tile collages on the outside walls are absolutely spectacular. This place will haunt your mind for weeks after a visit.
Written June 14, 2017
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Anton B
Freetown, Sierra Leone7 contributions
Jan 2017
The building is unacessible. You can only glance from outside and imagine yourself the suffering of the Mozambican Revolutionaries that were tortured by the Portugese secret police during independence struggle. Also one of the few remaining tiled vilas in the city.
Written January 9, 2017
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Carlsaroundtheglobe
Maputo Province, Mozambique91 contributions
Oct 2014 • Solo
If you are a photographer who specializes in architecture and capturing a glimpse into history, or a history buff who wants to go and see "where it happened" I'd say this is possibly something to put on your list. Other than that, I would not recommend you enter the premises. It's a grand old but very dilapidated building currently filled with some of the worst drug invested homeless people in Maputo. I have lived in mozambique for a long time and wanted to see it for myself from a photography point of view so took a hired bodyguard with me. As a tourist, I would think twice about this one. Not many tourists that I know wants to be confronted by the homeless, step on floors littered with human faeces and so on.
Written July 1, 2015
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NYCmeetsMaputo
Maputo, Mozambique14 contributions
Jan 2012
This house once housed the secret police of Mozambique and it is said to be haunted because of the torture the prisoners being held there recieved!! The house has long been abandoned and it has recently been slated to renovation!! It is an impressive building but the years of neglect are evident!! You are not allowed on the property any longer as the renovation have started but it can be added to a quick stop on the way to the Park of Artisans near by!!
Written April 28, 2012
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Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium2,867 contributions
Nov 2022
A ruin, and a very charming one at that. Completely closed off so you can't get in, not in a legal way anyway.
Written November 17, 2022
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