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Address: Central Maputo, Maputo 1100, Mozambique

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Run down Vila with a long and dark history

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 January 2017
Anton B
Freetown, Sierra Leone
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Freetown, Sierra Leone
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 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.

1 Thank Anton B
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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899 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

This unique villa sits in an upscale neighborhood in Maputo. It is crumbling before your eyes. But it is still beautiful. Adorned with great tiles, from decorative to scenes, you can imagine how beautiful it once was. It's a shame that no one has take over the building and restored it, either as a restaurant or guest house. It sums... More 

Thank dmittleman
Almada, Portugal
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Pity that such a lovely house in central Maputo can't find a better use than being left unused. Do not waste your time.

Thank josefU3881OA
Maputo, Mozambique
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23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Vila Algarve was the main place for the political police of the colonial (Portuguese) government (PIDE and later DGS - International Police for the Defense of the State, General Direftorate of Security). It was a center of represion and torture. Historically it is a very importantvplace and definetly deserves way better. At present the place is in ruins, inhabited by... More 

Thank Marcos F
Kampala, Uganda
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

I just drove by today and its a fantastic building, with beautiful arched doors and windows and exquisite tile works. Unfortunately its falling apart and is crying for someone to care for it and bring it back to life. I would have loved to buy it and make it in to the jewel it should be.

Thank johnpetter
Nuremberg, Germany
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67 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

The villa was once a very beautiful building in a colonial style. Apparently it was used as a jail in the colonial time, which led to complete demolishing once Mozambique gained its independence. Now there are plans to make a museum, but it might take a while. Currently homeless people live there, so just admire it from the outside.

Thank Ralitsa_nbg
Lisbon, Portugal
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106 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2016

This was an exquisite colonial house, its in ruins, falling apart and don´t go near there its full of street criminals who live in the ruins and the rubbish.

Thank Pola M
Johannesburg, South Africa
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742 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

Villa Argarve is a lovely building, but apparently has a sad history. It is now an eyesore and one is advised to rather have a guide with you in that area -w hich is also over-stated. This place seems typical of the lack of decision-making in much of Africa - to move forward, fix things up or just leave things... More 

Thank Hooggenoeg
Vienna, Austria
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

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.

2 Thank David T
Maputo Province, Mozambique
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

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... More 

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