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Vila Algarve

Central Maputo, Maputo 1100, Mozambique
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We were staying in the next door Hotel Terminus and saw the beautiful Portuguese tiles on this... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2017
Abandoned historic villa

This abandoned villa was one of the most beautiful buildings of Maputo, although with a dark... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
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9 Jan 2017
“Run down Vila with a long and dark history”
2 Jan 2017
“Crumbling History”
Central Maputo, Maputo 1100, Mozambique
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

We were staying in the next door Hotel Terminus and saw the beautiful Portuguese tiles on this abandoned building. We could also see the building from the hotel corridors. Take a look on Wikipedia and you will get the whole story. This was the previous...More

Thank wombatdavid
Reviewed 9 September 2017

This abandoned villa was one of the most beautiful buildings of Maputo, although with a dark history.

Thank Ανδρόμαχος Δ
Reviewed 14 June 2017

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...More

Thank Sekerere
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
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...More

Thank dmittleman
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
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...More

Thank Marcos F
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...More

Thank johnpetter
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...More

Thank Ralitsa_nbg
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
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