Maputo

What is Maputo known for?


architectural efforts

for attracting some of the world's most forward architects at the turn of the 20th century. The city is home to masterpieces of building work by Pancho Guedes, Herbert Baker and Thomas Honney amongst others. The earliest architectural efforts around the city focused on classical European designs such as the Central Train Station (CFM) designed by architects Alfredo Augusto Lisboa de Lima, Mario Veiga and Ferreira da Costa and built between 1913 and 1916 (sometimes mistaken with the work of Gustav Eiffel), Morais, João Sousa. ''Maputo, Património da Estrutura e Forma Urbana, Topologia do Lugar''. Livros Horizonte, 2001, p. 110.(in Portuguese) and the Hotel Polana designed by Herbert Baker. As the 1960s and 1970s approached, Maputo was yet again at the center of a new wave of architectural influences made most popular by Pancho Guedes. The designs of the 1960s and 1970s were characterized by modernist movements of clean, straight and functional structures. However, prominent architects such as Pancho Guedes fused this with local art schemes giving the city's buildings a unique Mozambican theme. As a result most of the properties erected during the second construction boom take on these styling cues. Film and cinema Before television was introduced in 1981, film and cinema had a prominent position as a form of entertainment in the lives of Mozambicans especially in Maputo where there were no less than a dozen movie theaters by the time of independence. In the 1950s and 1960s, at the height of racial segregation, most of the movie-goers were either European whites or South Asians – each group having their own designated locale. Black Mozambicans, although more heavily discriminated against, also enjoyed movies in makeshift theatres (rooms that were temporarily converted to handle a projector, screen and chairs). Some of the cinemas can still be seen today, such as the Charlot, Gil Vicente, the Scala, 222 and the Dicca, although not all are functioning for their intended purpose. The movies screened at the theaters during Portuguese rule were heavily censored. Movies containing sex, violence and themes with a political nature were not allowed but despite the restrictions, it was the first time Mozambicans were able to enjoy entertainment that was for the most part in line with what was prevalent in the rest of the world, thereby greatly increasing cultural affinity. After 1975 and the ensuing mass exodus of European whites, for a time no censorship regulations were in place and Mozambicans could watch content that was previously banned by the dictatorship – at this time Bruce Lee and his films became immensely popular. However, once FRELIMO and the nationalist movement gained momentum, any external influence considered as originating from the "decadent West" was again not allowed. It was at this moment that Mozambique's ruling party FRELIMO realized the immediate potential films could have in delivering propaganda relatively easily. For much of the late 1970s and 1980s, the local film industry was geared towards creating "home-made" productions depicting Socialist ideologies which placed great influence on the family unit, the non-commercialized production of agriculture and political autonomy. Maputo has been the setting for many Hollywood blockbuster movies such as ''The Interpreter'', ''Blood Diamond (Blood Diamond (film))'' and ''Ali (Ali (film))''. Associação Núcleo de Arte left thumb The Mozambique National Library. (File:Biblioteca Nacional Moçambique.jpg) An important cultural and artists' centre in Maputo is the Associação Núcleo de Arte. It is the oldest collective of artists in Mozambique. Seated in an old villa in the centre of Maputo the Núcleo has played a significant role in metropolitan cultural life for decades. The two best known and most influential contemporary Mozambican artists started their career at Núcleo de Arte, the painter Malangatana Ngwenya and the sculptor Alberto Chissano. Over one hundred painters, sculptors and ceramists are members of the Núcleo, which regularly stages exhibitions on its own premises and over the last few years has actively participated in exchanges with artists from abroad. The Núcleo became well known for their project transforming arms into tools and objects of art. It played an important role for reconciliation after the Mozambican Civil War. The exhibition of art objects such as the Chair of the African King (Throne of Weapons) and the Tree of Life (Tree of Life (Kester)) was shown around the world, among others in the British Museum in 2006. WikiPedia:Maputo Dmoz:Regional Africa Mozambique Maputo Commons:Category:Maputo


amp high

the The Aga Khan Academy, Maputo, Princess Cinderella Kindergarten, Primary & High School, Willow International School, Maputo International School, American International School of Mozambique amongst others. Some expatriates have chosen to enroll their children in schools in Nelspruit, South Africa and Waterford Kamhlaba in Mbabane, Swaziland. Health services Maputo has several hospitals and clinics, including


independent online

to work for the downfall of the apartheid regime. She was assassinated by order of Craig Williamson, a major in the South African Police, on August 17, 1982, when she opened a letter bomb that had been sent to her university. During a race


architectural work

for interrogation and torture. There are claims that several individuals were executed in the building. No dates have been released on when the renovation is to commence. The building has changed ownership several times and has been an off-on residence for squatters. It is considered one of the city's most beautiful pieces of architectural work. Sports facilities !-- Deleted image removed: thumb right An artist's impression of the cityscape in the future (File:gadlopezmaputo.jpg) -->


service wide

inside. Worth the money (which is still cheap by western standards!). * WikiPedia:Maputo Dmoz:Regional Africa Mozambique Maputo Commons:Category:Maputo


political nature

and the Dicca, although not all are functioning for their intended purpose. The movies screened at the theaters during Portuguese rule were heavily censored. Movies containing sex, violence and themes with a political nature were not allowed but despite the restrictions, it was the first time Mozambicans were able to enjoy entertainment that was for the most part in line with what was prevalent in the rest of the world, thereby greatly increasing cultural affinity. After 1975 and the ensuing mass exodus of European whites, for a time no censorship regulations were in place and Mozambicans could watch content that was previously banned by the dictatorship – at this time Bruce Lee and his films became immensely popular. However, once FRELIMO and the nationalist movement gained momentum, any external influence considered as originating from the "decadent West" was again not allowed. It was at this moment that Mozambique's ruling party FRELIMO realized the immediate potential films could have in delivering propaganda relatively easily. For much of the late 1970s and 1980s, the local film industry was geared towards creating "home-made" productions depicting Socialist ideologies which placed great influence on the family unit, the non-commercialized production of agriculture and political autonomy. Maputo has been the setting for many Hollywood blockbuster movies such as ''The Interpreter'', ''Blood Diamond (Blood Diamond (film))'' and ''Ali (Ali (film))''. Associação Núcleo de Arte left thumb The Mozambique National Library. (File:Biblioteca Nacional Moçambique.jpg) An important cultural and artists' centre in Maputo is the Associação Núcleo de Arte. It is the oldest collective of artists in Mozambique. Seated in an old villa in the centre of Maputo the Núcleo has played a significant role in metropolitan cultural life for decades. The two best known and most influential contemporary Mozambican artists started their career at Núcleo de Arte, the painter Malangatana Ngwenya and the sculptor Alberto Chissano. Over one hundred painters, sculptors and ceramists are members of the Núcleo, which regularly stages exhibitions on its own premises and over the last few years has actively participated in exchanges with artists from abroad. The Núcleo became well known for their project transforming arms into tools and objects of art. It played an important role for reconciliation after the Mozambican Civil War. The exhibition of art objects such as the Chair of the African King (Throne of Weapons) and the Tree of Life (Tree of Life (Kester)) was shown around the world, among others in the British Museum in 2006. WikiPedia:Maputo Dmoz:Regional Africa Mozambique Maputo Commons:Category:Maputo


large events

changed to meet the safety requirements that were needed at large events with many spectators. The length then increased to . The city became host to several international and local events beginning with the inauguration on 26 November 1970. "Autódromo Lourenço Marques" (8 January 2009) ''AutoSport'' The track was abandoned after 1975 and events only


Gaborone'

. The N1 Eastern Bypass bisects the large expanse of the eastern suburbs, routing traffic from Johannesburg to Polokwane and the north of the country. The N4 (N4 road (South Africa)) Platinum Highway forms the Northern Bypass and routes traffic from Witbank to Rustenburg. The N4 runs east-west through South Africa, connecting Maputo to Gaborone. Other major freeways include the N14 which links Pretoria with Johannesburg's West Rand, and the R21 which links the city

as Pietersburg). It winds its way through the affluent eastern suburbs of the metropolitan area. The second bypass is the new N4 Northern Bypass (N4 Northern Bypass (South Africa)), linking Pretoria to Rustenburg and Witbank. This is a toll road, and forms part of the Platinum Bakwena Toll Road, which will ultimately link Maputo in Mozambique to Gaborone in Botswana via Pretoria. All-Africa Games (Athletics at the 2011 All-Africa Games) Maputo, Mozambique

in Maputo, Mozambique with 12 Impala MkII (Aermacchi MB-326)s and 2 Mirage F1AZ (Dassault Mirage F1)s (Operation SKERWE) *4 April – The South African Special Forces Brigade raid an African National Congress terrorist hideout in Gaborone, Botswana killing four ANC guerrillas *7 April – A car bomb explodes in Maputo, Mozambique injuring Albie Sachs, an anti-apartheid lawyer *9 April – A limpet mine explodes near the Atteridgeville Development


national long

fan. His son Stelio, himself a former national long jump record holder, was Mutola's first coach. Not used to the intensive training, Mutola initially decided that running was not for her, but was persuaded to continue when it became obvious that she had immense potential. After a visit to Portugal, plans were made for her to join the Benfica athletics club (S.L. Benfica (athletics)), but at the last minute the Mozambique government denied her permission. That year, after only a few months


eiffel

of Gustav Eiffel), Morais, João Sousa. ''Maputo, Património da Estrutura e Forma Urbana, Topologia do Lugar''. Livros Horizonte, 2001, p. 110.(in Portuguese) and the Hotel Polana designed by Herbert Baker. As the 1960s and 1970s approached, Maputo was yet again at the center of a new wave of architectural influences made most popular by Pancho Guedes. The designs of the 1960s and 1970s were characterized by modernist movements of clean, straight and functional

be bought at the shop near the exit from the terminal where there is also a bank. By train thumb 250px The railway station in Maputo. Completed in 1916 it's often mistaken as a work by Gustave Eiffel. (File:Maputo Train Station.jpg) Rail services to Maputo are slowly improving, although the lines currently operating are of limited use to tourists. An exception is the daily service from Ressano Garcia at the border with South Africa, it is a convenient way of traveling here from

pillows. * * The '''Railway Station''' on Praca dos Trabalhadores is sometimes mistaken to be the work by Gustave Eiffel. However, the building is an imposing structure and well-worth a visit, especially at Friday or Saturday nights where live music

Maputo

'''Maputo''' ( Cotton, sugar, chromite, sisal, copra, and hardwood are the chief exports. The city manufactures cement, pottery, furniture, shoes, and rubber. The city is surrounded by Maputo Province, but is administered as its own province.

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