Must see attractions in Maputo

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    Chissano Gallery

    Works of renowned sculptor Alberto Chissano, as well as his remains, are on display in his family’s residence at the Chissano Gallery. Taxis from central Maputo charge from Mtc500 return, including waiting time.

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    National Art Museum

    Half a block west of Avenida Karl Marx, the National Art Museum has an excellent collection of paintings and sculptures by Mozambique’s finest contemporary artists, including Malangatana and Alberto Chissano.

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    Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano

    An excellent place, with art exhibitions, music and dance performances, films, theatre, a craft shop, a cafe and more.

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    Train Station

    Maputo’s landmark train station is one of the city’s most imposing buildings. The dome was designed by an associate of Alexandre Gustav Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame), although Eiffel himself never set foot in Mozambique. Also impressive are the wrought-iron latticework, pillars and verandas gracing the dark-green exterior. Inside is the Kulungwana Espaço Artístico, with a small exhibition of works by local and visiting artists, and sculptures and paintings for sale.

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    Praça da Independência

    This wide and imposing plaza is the gateway from the upper part of town to the baixa. It's rimmed by several notable buildings and well worth a stroll.

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    Praça dos Heróis Moçambicanos

    The large Praça dos Heróis Moçambicanos, along Avenida Acordos de Lusaka near the airport, is notable for its 95m-long mural commemorating the revolution. The star-shaped white-marble structure in its centre holds the remains of Mozambique’s revolutionary and post-independence heroes, including Eduardo Mondlane and Samora Machel, as well as those of national poet José Craveirinha. Photography is prohibited. The public is only permitted to visit (including walking across the praça) on Mozambican Heroes’ Day (3 February).

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    Fort

    The old fort was built by the Portuguese in the mid-19th century near the site of an earlier fort. Inside is a garden and a small museum with remnants from the era of early Portuguese forays to the area. The sealed, carved wooden coffin of Ngungunhane – final ruler of the famed kingdom of Gaza – is on display in one of the side rooms.

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    City Hall

    The hulking, neoclassical City Hall looks down over the baixa area from a low hill at the top of Avenida Samora Machel. The building, which was completed in 1947, is still in active use today, so it cannot usually be visited unless you have business in one of the offices inside.

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    Cathedral of Nossa Senhora da Conceição

    With its simple but imposing lines and soaring, white spire, this cathedral is one of Maputo's most attractive buildings. It was completed in 1944. Inside, don't miss the altar work, the stained-glass windows and the paintings.

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    President's Residence

    Mozambique's presidential complex is a beautiful and impressive structure overlooking Maputo Bay. Photographs are not permitted. It is also not permitted to walk on the sidewalk in front of the complex.

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    Iron House

    This house was designed by Eiffel (or an associate) in the late 19th century as the governor’s residence, but its metal-plated exterior proved unsuitable for tropical conditions.

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    Jardim dos Professores

    A pleasant, green area to while away a morning or late afternoon, with a children's playground, a small cafe, a community library and views over the harbour.

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    Jardim dos Namorados

    Wonderful for families, with a children's playground, pedalo rentals, lots of space, a good and inexpensive cafe and views over Maputo Bay.

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    Natural History Museum

    The Natural History Museum, near Hotel Cardoso, is worth a stop simply to see its stately Manueline architecture and its garden with a mural by Malangatana. Inside are some taxidermy specimens accompanied by interactive computer terminals, a small ethnography exhibit and a fascinating display of what is probably the region’s only collection of elephant foetuses.

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    Municipal Market

    With its long rows of vendors, tables piled high with produce, fresh fish and colourful spices, and stalls overflowing with everything from brooms to plastic buckets, the Municipal Market is Maputo’s main market and well worth a stroll. Get here early, when everything is still fresh, and before the crowds.

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    Kulungwana Espaço Artístico

    This small gallery exhibits works by local and visiting artists and offers sculptures and paintings for sale. It's located inside the city's landmark train station : to the left, at the end of the platform, at ‘Sala de Espera’.

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    Núcleo de Arte

    This long-standing artists cooperative has frequent exhibitions featuring the work of up-and-coming artists (some of which is for sale). There’s also a pottery area and a garden where you can talk with the artists and watch them at work (afternoons are best for this).

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    Jardim Tunduru

    These botanical gardens – now more than a century old – have been recently rehabilitated and are well worth a stroll. There's a small kiosk to the left of the main entrance with tourist information, a small children's playground and a lovely assortment of plants.

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    National Money Museum

    Housed in a restored yellow building on the corner of Rua Consiglieri Pedroso, the National Money Museum dates from 1860. Inside are exhibits of local currency, ranging from early barter tokens to modern-day bills.