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Culture of Luanda. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Sunset over the Atlantic, seen from Luanda Luanda has preserved interesting historical monuments, and one of the main symbols of the capital is the ancient Fortress of Sao Miguel. The defensive structure built on the side of Mount São Paulo is the oldest in Angola. Its construction began at the end of the 16th century and continued for several decades. In the first half of the 17th century, it was first subjected to serious attacks. During this period, the castle protected the surrounding territory from the Dutch conquerors who have never succeeded for more than 40 years.
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The fort remained impregnable and was completely reconstructed after this period. Today, the historic monument houses an interesting military museum. It stores old weapons and military uniforms, old maps and documents related to military periods. The cultural center often hosts thematic programs on the history of Angola.
Among the colonial architecture preserved in the city, the beautiful Se Catedral de Sao Salvador de Luanda stands out. It is located on one of the picturesque historic streets of the capital. The magnificent cathedral of the second half of the 17th century is striking with its unique architectural style. Its entrance is now adorned with skillful pediments just like in old times. Many pristine decoration elements have also been preserved inside. The city's most beautiful temple was built with the support of wealthy local merchants. Copyright
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Despite its great significance, it was decided to close the church at the end of the 19th century. Over the years of its existence, the temple fell into disrepair. The reconstruction began in 1897, the cathedral became available for visitors only three years later. It has remained unchanged since the early 20th century. Inside the building, one can see valuable religious artifacts, admire the preserved wooden elements and artistic decorations of the temple.
Agonstinho Neto Mausoleum The most visited cultural institution of the capital is the Museum of Natural History. It keeps a multifaceted collection of exhibits, from unique archaeological and historical artifacts to natural science exhibits of all possible subjects. During your visit to the museum, you can find out which historical stages the state had to go through on its way to development. A significant part of the exhibits is devoted to the period of the colonization of Angola. Visitors with children would rather prefer the natural science section where they can see rare geological elements, as well as learn a lot of interesting facts about the features of the Angolan flora and fauna.
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No less interesting is the Museum Dundo dedicated to the country's ethnographic peculiarities. Here visitors can find out which tribes inhabited the territory of present Angola in the pre-colonial period. The museum has a collection of unique historical and ethnographic exhibits. Hand-made masks and other ritual accessories, old traditional costumes and musical instruments, household items and handicrafts are just a part of all the exhibits displayed in the museum.
Sunset in Luanda While walking around the city, one can admire many beautiful colonial buildings. Thanks to the preserved historic architecture, some of the streets in Luanda were officially recognized as national heritage sites. One of the most remarkable colonial buildings is the Palacio de Ferro Palace. Many tourists recognize it by the picturesque rich-yellow facade. It was built more than 300 years ago and has not changed much during this period. It has managed to preserve graceful arcades and wooden decoration elements. The palace is closed for visitors so guests of the capital can only admire it from the outside.
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Not far from the old fort is another important religious monument - the temple of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré. It was built in 1664 at the initiative of local fishermen who considered Madonna to be their main patroness. Even today, the wonderful temple continues to be one of the most revered places for townspeople. Every year, an interesting holiday is organized in honor of the patron saint. The historic church has retained its skillful interior decoration, which was worked on by the best local and Portuguese artists. The main treasure of this temple is the old Holy Madonna statue, which was moved here immediately after the opening of the church.
Liceu Salvador Correia Even an ordinary city walk can turn into a fascinating tour. Beautiful 16th-17th-century mosaic sidewalks have been preserved in Luanda. Now they are also among the outstanding city attractions. Walking along the historic sidewalks is a popular tourist entertainment.
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