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“A Beautiful Building with a Sinister Past”
Review of Vila Algarve

Vila Algarve
Ranked #32 of 45 things to do in Maputo
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Chengdu, China
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“A Beautiful Building with a Sinister Past”
Reviewed October 19, 2011

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.

Visited November 2010
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