Apart from its magnificent views and isolated, glistening beaches, Mozambique is also known for its rich culture and history. Mozambique offers a lot of landmarks which represent its history and rural landscape. The landmarks guide, protect and symbolize where a nation is going. In this article, we look at some of the most prominent landmarks which you simply have to visit while on your Mozambique holiday.
Maputo Central Train Station
Situated in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, this landmark train station exhibits superb architectural design. It was designed by an associate of Alexandre Gustav Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame) and features marble pillars, wrought iron work, great attention to detail and a massive central dome.
Inside, you can find the Kulungwana Espaço Artístico, with a small exhibition of works by local and visiting artists, and sculptures and paintings for sale.
The Natural History Museum
Founded in 1911, the Natural History Museum is definitely one of Maputo’s most popular landmarks. It features Manueline architecture and a garden with a mural by Malangatana. Inside the museum are fascinating taxidermy specimens accompanied by interactive computer terminals, a small ethnography exhibit and an interesting display of what is probably the region’s only collection of elephant foetuses. Museum lovers will love what this landmark of Mozambique has to offer.
Known as one of the wonders of Mozambique, the Quelimane Cathedral is an old cathedral in Quelimane which makes for a great photo opportunity!
Municipal Market is Maputo’s main market and features a rich variety of produce, spices, fresh food and much more! If you get there early, you will be able to enjoy the fresh foods even more and miss the crowds so that you have all the space you need to take a good walk through this magical market. Mozambique holidays would not be complete without a good market experience.
Dona Ana Hotel
Located in Vilanculos, the Dona Ana Hotel was built by tycoon-entrepreneur Joaquim Alves. It is known for its incredible architecture and rich history which involves the tale of Senhor Alves, who fell under the spell of the beautiful Dona Ana. In her likeness he created the Hotel Dona Ana as a celebration of her indomitable spirit and seductive persona. Sounds romantic!
Fort Sao Sebastian
Fort Sao Sebastian is located on the island of Mozambique and is the oldest complete fort still standing in sub-Saharan Africa. This impressive landmark one of the best examples of Manueline vaulted architecture in Mozambique, making it one site which is definitely worth visiting during your Mozambique holiday.
No matter where you decide to visit while on holiday in Mozambique, you can be sure that you are in for a real treat with all that this diverse place has to offer. Contact Mozambique Tourism now to find out more about our amazing Mozambique accommodation offers and exciting holiday packages.